A Mind at a Time

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 4, 2002 - Education - 352 pages
"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known education experts and pediatricians in America today. And that's a problem for many children, because most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, these children struggle because their learning patterns don't fit the schools they are in.
In A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and others who care for children how to identify these individual learning patterns. He explains how parents and teachers can encourage a child's strengths and bypass the child's weaknesses. This type of teaching produces satisfaction and achievement instead of frustration and failure.
Different brains are differently wired, Dr. Levine explains. There are eight fundamental systems, or components, of learning that draw on a variety of neurodevelopmental capacities. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all eight. Using examples drawn from his own extensive experience, Dr. Levine shows how parents and children can identify their strengths and weaknesses to determine their individual learning styles.
For example, some students are creative and write imaginatively but do poorly in history because weak memory skills prevent them from retaining facts. Some students are weak in sequential ordering and can't follow directions. They may test poorly and often don't do well in mathematics. In these cases, Dr. Levine observes, the problem is not a lack of intelligence but a learning style that doesn't fit the assignment. Drawing on his pioneering research and his work with thousands of students, Dr. Levine shows how parents and teachers can develop effective strategies to work through or around these weaknesses.
"It's taken for granted in adult society that we cannot all be 'generalists' skilled in every area of learning and mastery. Nevertheless, we apply tremendous pressure to our children to be good at everything. They are expected to shine in math, reading, writing, speaking, spelling, memorization, comprehension, problem solving...and none of us adults can" do all this, observes Dr. Levine. Learning begins in school but it doesn't end there. Frustrating a child's desire to learn will have lifelong repercussions. This frustration can be avoided if we understand that not every child can do equally well in every type of learning. We must begin to pay more attention to individual learning styles, to individual minds, urges Dr. Levine, so that we can maximize children's learning potential. In A Mind at a Time he shows us how.
 

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This is an excellent book to read if you or your child is struggling with learning problemsdifficulties. The author takes a non traditional approach he doesnt label students he centers on their ... Read full review

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Levines A Mind at a Time is one of the bestwritten books on understanding what makes learning an individual process for every child. Whether your child is gifted learning disabled both or in between you will benefit great by reading this work. Read full review

Contents

A Mind at a Time Introduction
13
The Ways of Learning
27
Conducting a Mind Our Attention Control System
51
Remembering to Learn and Learning to Remember Our Memory System
90
Ways with Words Our Language System
120
Making Arrangements Our Spatial and Sequential Ordering Systems
150
Mind over Muscle Our Motor System
170
Some Peeks at a Minds Peaks Our Higher Thinking System
188
Relating to Relating Our Social Thinking System
220
When a Mind Falls Behind
245
Getting a Mind Realigned but Not Redesigned
277
Raisin Brain Homes for All Kinds of Minds
295
The Right to Differ Schools for All Kinds of Minds
307
Helpful Readings and Other Resources
337
Index
343
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Page 13 - Mind, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.

About the author (2002)

Mel Levine, M.D., is professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School and director of its Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. He is the founder and cochairman of All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute for the understanding of differences in learning, and the author of two previous national best-selling books, A Mind at a Time and The Myth of Laziness. He and his wife, Bambi, live on Sanctuary Farm in North Carolina.

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