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About Renate Nummela Caine
Today I am a learning theorist and my passion is centered on how people learn naturally. That passion is expressed on our books and website, www.nlri.org where I serve as the Executive Director of the Natural Learning Research Institute.
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Why do video games fascinate kids so much that they will spend hours pursuing a difficult skill? Why don’t they apply this kind of intensity to their schoolwork? These questions are answered by the authors who pioneered brain/mind learning with the publication of Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain. In their new book, Natural Learning for a Connected World, Caine and Caine build a bridge to the future of education with a dynamic model of teaching that works for all grade levels and all cultural and ethnic groups. The authors’ education model, the Guided Experience Approach, is based on the scientific foundation of learning as a totally natural, continuous interaction between perception and action. This important book provides a practical, step-by-step description and successful examples from practice so that we can finally provide the learning environments essential for our children to thrive in the knowledge age.
- Describes an approach for integrating technology into teaching that will help all students learn with greater depth and ease.
- Synthesizes research from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, biology, and education.
- Contrasts the ways in which video games are designed with the way students are taught in school, demonstrating traditional education’s inconsistencies with how the brain learns best.
Renate N. Caine is a codirector of the Caine Learning Center, the Director of Research and Professional Development of the Natural Learning Research Institute, and Professor Emerita of Education at California State University in San Bernardino (CSUSB). Geoffrey Caine is a codirector of the Caine Learning Center and Executive Director of the Natural Learning Research Institute.
“Were I younger and more vigorous, I would go on the road again just to promote this book....[It] presents an entirely new idea of how children learn naturally and how videotech can serve and be used for a new approach to education....America has always excelled in creativity and to lose that gift may be far more devastating than testing poorly. The journey calls for the creative inclusion of technology, and this book shows how to get there.”
—From the Foreword by Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Magical Child
“Changing old ways of thinking about education is the most difficult obstacle to creating the schools needed for this century. Renate and Geoffrey Caine have written an excellent guide to meet this urgent need, blending research from neuroscience with valuable insights from their direct work with teachers and students.”
—Milton Chen, Senior Fellow, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, author of Education Nation
"Finally someone is making the connection between use of technology, our new understanding of brain science, and their combined influence on children."
—Sharon N. Delgado, Reading Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools
"Renate and Geoffrey Caine bring recent excitement about situated cognition and the perception-action cycle to the educational setting in this new book, a culmination of their decades of work linking brain res
How can educators create a collective method of professional development that results in the genuine, sustained teacher learning essential to improving student achievement? That question is at the heart of this comprehensive and practical guide to process learning circles, a unique and powerful way to develop, strengthen, and enrich professional learning communities.
Authors Geoffrey and Renate N. Caine have dedicated more than 20 years to researching how people learn naturally. From this foundation, they describe in detail how process learning circles work, and they provide readers with a clear understanding of how powerful and successful this approach to professional learning can be. Along the way, they explore
* The three critical elements of great professional development
* How to create a field of listening
* The logistics and phases of process learning circles
* Tips for success as a process leader
* The effects of individual differences and group dynamics
* Principles for developing a process that works
Examples from schools that have implemented process learning circles provide evidence of the method's success, and the authors also include an explanation of 12 underlying brain/mind learning principles, guidelines for using online tools, and broader suggestions for how to move from teaching for memorization to teaching for understanding. Written with both teachers and administrators in mind, Strengthening and Enriching Your Professional Learning Community: The Art of Learning Together is an essential guide to professional learning and development that works.