Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning Variation 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Schools for All Kinds of Minds
Based on cutting-edge brain research and the pioneering work being done at the All Kinds of Minds nonprofit organization, this groundbreaking book offers a dynamic approach to closing the ever-widening achievement gap in schools. Schools for All Kinds of Minds shows how educators at all levels can develop expertise in "learning variation"understanding how different kind of minds learnand demonstrates how to apply this knowledge to raise achievement for all. This focuswhich recognizes kids' learning strengths, not just deficitscan lead to school success even for struggling students.
The All Kinds of Minds model is defined by these essential components: Expertise in the science of learning and the belief that differences are variation, not deviation; evidence gathered from multiple sources, including an approach for understanding how specific students learn; a problem-solving model that helps to identify passions and affinities that can drive scholarship, careers, and other life choices; a set of five core beliefs about how all students are treated; and a commitment to align school and educational practices and policies to the way students learn and vary in their learning.
The book includes reflection exercises and accompanying online resources that can facilitate the use of the All Kinds of Minds model within school-based professional learning communities (PLCs) and other staff development activities, as well as teacher education programs.
From the Back Cover
"Any educator who is genuinely interested in improving student success, and their own knowledge about learning, will benefit from the research and practical suggestions in this book."
—Ian Adamson, retired superintendent, Alternative Programs, Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education Support Services, Peel School District Board, Ontario, Canada
"Schools for All Kinds of Minds is for all kinds of teachers. There's more than one way to learn and more than one way to teach, but only one way to have high expectations for the students in our schools. This book helps teachers with high expectations turn that thought into action."
—Mike Feinberg, cofounder of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)
"Provides school leaders with a framework and strategies that will help them move beyond an ever-growing list of accountability mandates to a focus on all students as learners that can reach their true potential."
—Eric Hirsch, director of special projects, New Teacher Center
"In the fast-moving world of educational reform, this work stresses the importance of putting the science of learning front and center in the current debate about how to improve schools. I highly recommend it to a wide audience of those committed to the maxim that effective teaching results in higher student learning."
—Michael Spagna, Ph.D., dean, Michael D. Eisner College of Education, California State University, Northridge
"This essential book puts the customization of school-based learning opportunities in the spotlight with accessible descriptions of how our brains work and concrete tools for maximizing their full potential. A must-read for educational leaders at all levels of school systems."
—Sandra J. Stein, CEO, NYC Leadership Academy
"Students everywhere deserve principals, district leaders, and teacher leaders who have not only read this book, but who also have taken the ideas in it to heart—and who have worked in partnership with students and their families to create schools and classrooms that teach all kinds of minds."
—Gene Thompson-Grove, director, professional development and special initiatives, Public Schools of Brookline and national facilitator, The School Reform Initiative, Inc.
- ASIN : B003C2SOVU
- Publisher : Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (March 9, 2010)
- Publication date : March 9, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 2451 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #455,896 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The authors advocate a systemic approach that acknowledges the realities of school change while still embracing hope for the possibilities that such change could engender. The stories that are told about individual successes make these possibilities very vivid.
I can see using this book with my faculty as a book study over the course of this year, as we learn about the different learning systems that all children use to do the work of school, how we can hone our observation skills to be aware of the clues, and how we can modify our intervention model to first ask why a child is struggling before we throw interventions at the problem. This will fit in well as we move forward with RTI in all its "scientifically-based" glory, so that we can stop blaming the child or the teacher when an intervention is not successful, but rather be reflective in our undestanding of the child's learning from the outset.
It has many valid, very time consuming, approaches to evaluating student functioning in the classroom. Might be practical for evaluating a small number of students.
A bit laborious to read. When I finally got to page 204 I was impressed with the approach taken by Wasatch Academy. I went to their website and discerned they were a very nice residential private school. Unfortunately not the paradigm most teachers find themselves in.
I do not think this is a solution that could be implemented in the typical cash strapped and understaffed school. Unfortunately being overworked and cash strapped is the situation in which most teachers and administrators find themselves. I have to wonder just how many teachers have the time to "develop a neurodevelopmental profile for a student" as mentioned by Penny (a reviewer who gave the book 4 stars).
Sam (a reviewer who gave the book 5 stars) says that the book presents ways to "address them in ways that are not labor intensive for the teacher". I believe Sam may have better skills than I in quickly developing a neurodevelopmental profile for a student. I also get the sense that the book may be designed for individuals working with students that have an IEP, but I could be wrong.
I bought the book because teachers in a local school district were reading the book. After reading the book I felt I had wasted my time as it seems to me to be a book marketing the training and expensive materials needed to implement the concepts presented, not something an untrained teacher or parent could implement.
With all the money our government spends on testing, and the Gates foundation spends on paradigms that most schools can not afford, you would think that someone would fund a low cost K- 8 language arts and math curriculum that would work. Unfortunately the oligarchy that controls both major political parties and corporate thinking are determined to make our students last in the industrialized world and they are succeeding. One would be hard pressed to conclude that anyone in power actually wants to have results that work.
Then when I was half way through reading the book I got a message that the book could no longer be accessed. Amazon Customer Support was very helpful but after several attempts to fix the problem (one was to delete it, tell me I was getting a refund and that I needed to buy a new copy) they gave up and said the problem couldn't be fixed. I'm not sure if I am the only one who has had this problem.
I have the latest version of the Kindle (not the Kindle Touch or Fire).
I am waiting for the paperback version of this book.