Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Review: Different Learners

Book Review: Different Learners

What a wonderful book. This is truly a gift to parents and educators. Different Learners is a book about how students learn differently and also the reasons for what may be causing the increase in students being diagnosed with special needs. I'd say that the book is split up into three sections: (1)About learning styles, (2) How the brain functions, (3) Research on what may cause an rise in special needs.

I really enjoyed reading this book and found the research to be on target. I have found that in my parenting world, I have allowed media to take more time than I'd like. It's a fine line that we walk living in a world where technology provides most of our jobs. How do we teach our children literacy with technology, but continue developing patience and persistence in lifelong skills like with reading books.

As an educator, I found the classroom is no longer just a chalkboard and chalk where students are learning reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic. It seems that the list goes on an on: science, reading, writing, grammar, social studies, art, music, physical education, character development, organization, health, personal management, technology, test taking, and thinking skills. Creating lessons and learning in the classroom can be challenging when we as educators are up against unrested students. Healy addresses this in her book, how adequate sleep and reduced television time can help develop the brain and increase successful learning. This is one aspect that I definitely agree with and have tried to implement into our home.

I enjoyed this book and appreciate Healy's work on informing parents and educators about how environment can have a very powerful impact on our lives. Not just being aware but also taking action will be most beneficial.

Would this be a book of interest to you?

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