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About the Author

Dawna Markova, Ph.D., is internationally know for her groundbreaking work in helping people learn with passion and live on purpose. She is the CEO of Professional Thinking Partners, Inc., co-founder of the Worldwide Women's Web, and former research affiliate of the Organizational Learning Center at MIT. Her books include I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, The Open Mind, and No Enemies Within; An Unused Intelligence, co-authored with her husband and business partner, Andy Bryner; and How Your Child Is Smart and Learning Unlimited, co-authored with Anne R. Powell. She lives in Geyersville, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943233380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943233383
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawna Markova, Ph.D., is the CEO emeritus of Professional Thinking Partners. Internationally known for her research in the fields of learning and perception, she is a former senior affiliate of the Society for Organizational Learning, originated at MIT's Sloan School of Management, and the co-author of the international bestseller Random Acts of Kindness. She lives in Hawaii.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book from an LLL meeting's private library, just for something to read for the month. I never imagined that it was going to change the way I looked at my child! In learning my child's thought pattern (and mine and my husband's as well) I not only discovered how he learns, but reasons for the ways he behaves. When reading the description of a typical person with my child's thought pattern, it was as though the author was describing my child exactly! I now understand such behaviors in my child as never having an appetite, not enjoying coloring, although he can very nicely, being able to memorize things he hears with seemingly no effort at all, talking and asking questions from the moment he wakes up untill he is asleep, and being timid about defending himself physically even when necessary. This book also enlightened me to the fact that my thought pattern and my son's will fit perfectly while I endevor to school him at home, as I enjoy talking and enlightening people, and he learns easiest through hearing. Never before has a book influenced my life in such strong and beneficial way. I have recommended this book to every parent I know, and strongly to those that have chosen as I have to educate their children at home. It is true that every child is smart in their own way and it is important to understand this in order to help each child learn to lead a productive life.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Better Mom on November 4, 2001
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After 8 years of trying to understand my daughter, I found her in this book. I knew she thought differently, but all the professionals were stumped as to how to help her. I finally found this book and it was as if I saw my daughter for the first time. Not only did it identify her learning style perfectly, I was able to see how that learning style formed her personality and how she reacted, positively and negatively, to different situations. As a parent, that understanding has allowed me to be more proactive with her education and more patient in my parenting. I recommend this book to anyone, especially those parents or caregiving professionals who know there's more to their child than what is being seen.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lucyann on March 19, 2000
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Until I read this book I just couldn't understand how to relate to my young son. Though I can't say that I agree with everything in this book, it was a huge help in learning how my son was figuring out his world. He learns through his eyes! My older son and I learn through our ears. I thought everyone did until I read this book. It is just as valid to learn through your eyes or your fingers or your movements as it is through your ears. Every parent and teacher should read this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By pvandoorne@shellus.com on August 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
A "typing" scheme on how we learn (geared towards children). People understand things in differing ways not because of the intelligience but rather because of the process of how their minds work. This book is full of practical ideas to connect with children
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Messy1 on November 2, 2010
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This is THE best book I've read to help me help my children. When you understand how they process infomation, you are empowered to build their confidence in themselves. We all learn so differently that it is easy for a child who doesn't fit in the box to feel "less than" everyone else. You have the ability to restore their picture of themselves to someone who, though they may think differently, they have wisdom and insight to offer. My son struggled in school for most of his elementary education, but once we figured this out together, he became a straight A student with passion of his own. There is nothing more rewarding than that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Home Schooling Mom on February 8, 2012
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We home-school. I was having troubles getting math through to my 8 year old daughter. On the recommendation of a friend I bought this book. I am very glad that I did! It helped me to understand that she learns in a completely different way than I was teaching her. I think I knew that but didn't know how to get through to her. After reading this book I stopped flash cards completely. That was a source of tears for her. We bought a Flashmaster. I never realized how just a simple change in philosophy could make all the difference in her learning. She is a visual learner. I am kinetic. When I run into bumps with her learning I need to remind myself to stop talking and just let her watch... :) So, this book has been very helpful in getting us on the right track to learning. It has changed our home-school venture.

This book isn't just for home-schoolers. I gave a copy to her piano teacher to help her understand her different students. It was helpful to her as well.

If you are in any kind of teaching role: parent, supervisor, teacher, etc. this book is helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2013
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I had this book many years ago and lent it to someone who never returned it - when will I learn!
It was definitely worth re- buying especially once I found out it was available on Kindle.
The joy of this book is that it challenges the belief that some children are 'dumb' or not smart because they don't do well with the often cookie cutter approach to teaching that they experience. It highlights that there are a number of different ways that we all process information and depending on these preferences, we can adapt our learning experience to experience success.
My son used one of the rarer ways of processing information and as a result was struggling at school, once I had read this book I spoke to his teacher, who luckily had knowledge of this information, and she made some adaptions in the classroom, as a result my son became engaged in learning and finally he took off.
I would recommend this book to both parents and teachers of children to gain a better understanding of how children learn and how simple adjustments can mean all the difference to setting them up for success rather than failure.
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