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Learning Champs
Learning Champs
by Colin Rose
Edition: Hardcover
18 used & new from CDN$ 18.30

5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for every student, teacher and parent, Aug. 31 2002
This review is from: Learning Champs (Hardcover)
This book teaches accelerated learning principles, learning styles, 8 multiple intelligences, learning maps... in such simple , attractive and colorful ways that anyone can learn much from it.
CHAMPS becomes the acronym for: Confident to learn, Home in on the facts, Action!, Memorize it, Prove you know, and Sit back and think. Each step is summarised with a learning map.

This is a very accessible "learning-to-learn" book. Many schools and parents will probably be tempted to join the online courses, which are unfortunately, still limited to the United Kingdom only.

I recommend Eric Jensen's books, esp. "Brain-based Learning" for those interested in greater understanding of
the functioning of the brain in learning.

Schooling Problems Solved with Nlp. Wendy Jago Featuring Charles de Kunffy
Schooling Problems Solved with Nlp. Wendy Jago Featuring Charles de Kunffy
by Wendy Jago
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 35.60
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not be misled by the title!, July 14 2002
I was thrilled to see a book applying NLP to schooling problems. This is a handsomely produced book--with many photos and sketches of horse-riding. Why horse-riding? That's it! Without an image of the cover and the subtitle: "Revolutionize Your Riding with Neuro-linguistic Programming", educators can easily be misled. This is a book applying NLP to horse-riding, not general schooling.

For those interested in horse-riding, I'd rate this book with 5 stars. Educators can still learn some NLP principles from the book. But it is not directly relevant, unless you value the analogy of teaching students as riding horses.

Awakening the Child Heart: Handbook for Global Parenting
Awakening the Child Heart: Handbook for Global Parenting
by Carla Hannaford
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coherent Universal Heart Connection, July 3 2002
This is a unique book, blending profound scientific inquiry into what allows children to prosper, with the candid story of personal experiences and the upbringing of Breeze, Carla's daughter. For those who haven't personally met these two wonderful persons, it will help to take a good look at their photos first and feel their loving and intimate company as you read the book, written with the "child heart".

The "Child Heart" is a symbol of coherent universal connection. After a decade of the brain, Carla advocates "The Decade of the Child Heart", envisioning "the possibilities of a world of people who truly loved and empowered children, themselves and other adults. Our emphasis might be on community coherence and cooperation rather than commerce, competition and warfare." (p.159)

Coherence is "a conscious state of being in alignment with our purpose, joy, happiness and connection to others." (p.2) This is a key concept throughout the book. The Heartmath Institute found that the heart rate variability becomes coherent with feelings of appreciation, love, joy, and incoherent with frustration and stress. Such patterns affect the brain functions.

So many useful and fascinating insights, gleaned from extensive scientific studies are clearly summarized and explained in this book of under 200 pages, illustrated by over 30 figures. One gains enlightened understanding of: stress, depression, stress in utero, the heart as emotion generator, a new world-view of vibrational patterns, the key roles of sound, music, movement and play... Carla is an excellent guide. It is better than reading dozens of such books and not grasping the essentials and interconnections.

Just to quote one example on "The Sound of Dyslexia". "Many researchers now believe that dyslexia begins in utero with maternal stress that affects the semicircular canals. The resulting underdeveloped vestibular system affects the ability to hear..." The inadequate development of hearing "can end up with behavioral patterns that we label as Dyslexia, ADHD, Learning Disabled and even Emotionally Handicapped" (pp.110-111)

There are also many nourishing and thought-provoking quotes throughout the book.
E.g. "Everything happens as if human behavior were largely conditioned by the manner in which one hears." -Guy Berard, M.D. (p.110) "Laughter is the quintessential human social signal. It solidifies relationships and pulls people into the fold." -Albert Provine...

Every parent and prospective parent, all educators can learn much from studying this informative and compassionate book. "Awakening the Child Heart" is the revolution in education and "Global Parenting" that we sorely need throughout the driven, isolated and pill-dependent world. [In a new edition, it might help to have additional diagrams of the anatomy of the brain and also a bibliography of all the books quoted in the footnotes.]

Thorsons Way Of Nlp
Thorsons Way Of Nlp
by Oconnor
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reprint of Principles of NLP, 1996, April 2 2002
This review is from: Thorsons Way Of Nlp (Paperback)
I was misled by the new title and publishing date and enthusiastically ordered multiple copies. But it was disappointing to discover that it is only a reprint. Please cf. my review of Principles of NLP two years ago. It is still a very good and lucid introduction to NLP, a complement to the author's Introduction to NLP, which did not include the Presuppositions.
(The book has 190 pages, not 224.)

Begin With the Brain: Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom
Begin With the Brain: Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom
by Martha Kaufeldt
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical strategies for becoming learner-centred teachers, Feb. 21 2002
This is a surprisingly useful book. I wish all teachers and teachers-to-be can benefit from it. For busy teachers who don't have the luxury to read up on so many diverse sources, you get a good distillation of their applications.

"Don't smile until Christmas!" is the conventional wisdom. Martha's first suggestion is to SMILE. Chapter 1, "From Fear to Flow" highlights the importance of safe environment and "relaxed alertness" for learning and quotes the eight components of FLOW.

Many "good ideas" marked by the icon of a light bulb, sensible quotes and summaries, questions that challenge our assumptions are given throughout the book.

Each chapter starts with a cartoon and a brief summary of "Begin with the Brain" principle. E.g. Ch. 3 on "Patterns and Procedures: Organizing Systems for Orderliness" begins with the following statements. "The brain innately seeks to detect familiar and useful patterns in its environment. These patterns give a context to what otherwise might be interpreted as meaningless. These meaningful patterns, when practiced, become wired in the brain as programs." Then the author goes on to make applications, refining distinctions such as setting standards rather than imposing rules, the need for procedures and routines rather than discipline... and provides tools for teachers.

Martha does not cover the anatomy and fucntions of the brain. But we get both good brain-compatible, democratic, student-centred principles and support for developing relevant skills without getting into polemics. I trust teachers will appreciate the challenge to one's thinking and practice and all the help given here. When well assimilated, we are all taught not only good principles and practices for teaching and learning, but also for living.

Becoming a "Wiz" at Brain-Based Teaching: How to Make Every Year Your Best Year
Becoming a "Wiz" at Brain-Based Teaching: How to Make Every Year Your Best Year
by Marilee B. Sprenger
Edition: Paperback
23 used & new from CDN$ 2.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Informative introduction to the field, Feb. 19 2002
The book is easy and interesting to read. So much current and practical material has been incorporated into this slim book, cleverly organized around the analogies of The Wizard of Oz. Marilee, as an experienced teacher who reads extensively, has the gift to select the essentials to provide an over-all introduction to "brain-based teaching". The Table of Contents will give a good idea of the scope of coverage: structure of the brain, dealing with stress, emotional growth, developmental cognitive skills, 5 kinds of memories, 8 intelligences, use of music, brain states, brain food, sleep, exercise, learning environment, learning styles, brain-based asesssment...

Once the appetite is aroused by the introduction here, readers can move on to Eric Jensen's books, esp. "Brain-based Learning", "Different Brains, Different Learners". Jensen's recent books all have much better visual format, more sketches and pictures.

(The "marshmallow experiments" on impulse control quoted by Goleman is also quoted here (p. 49). Various authors, e.g. John Gottman, have actually challenged the conclusions.)

Hermitage: Russian [Import]
Hermitage: Russian [Import]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and informative, Oct. 1 2001
Please read the informative editorial reviews given for the separate single tapes. I just wish to endorse this set of 3 tapes which are very worth watching. You not only get exposure to so many diverse and exquisite treasures of the collections, a feel for the whole museum, but also a pictorial and enthralling account of the Russian history as the background to the development and crisis of the museum. There is no analysis of any individual masterpiece. It is an excellent introduction to anyone interested in St. Petersburg and the Hermitage Museum.

Anthony de Mello: Writings
Anthony de Mello: Writings
by William Dych
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gateway to Anthony de Mello, Sept. 29 2001
I highly recommend this book to those who are not familiar with Anthony de Mello, and to his fans and critics. The editor provides an excellent introduction to help us to have a better understanding and appreciation for de Mello's numerous writings. The selections give us a potential experience of personal awakening or freeing encounter with "God" or the Self of self. I hope there'll be an audio book edition with excerpts of deMello's retreat talks so that his mellow voice and hearty laughter can be captured while we read his writings. (Please cf. my review for Walking on Water for more background.)

TEACHING KIDS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM
TEACHING KIDS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM
by Susan Winebrenner
Edition: Paperback
37 used & new from CDN$ 0.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids with learning difficulties, Sept. 14 2001
Although the author has revised and expanded her similar book on teaching Gifted Kids, I think the present one (1966) still has great value, for all elementary students. Aside from Chapter 3 on understanding learning difficulties and intervening, all the other chapters are applicable to all students. Just look through the chapter headings: making all students welcome in your classroom, getting everyone involved in learning, matching your teaching to your students' learning styles... This is a very practical and valuable book for teachers. It has fairly comprehensive coverage, including 8 multiple intelligences, the teaching of reading, writing and math, authentic assessment, improving behavior, conflict resolution, enlisting parents as partners... There are many case examples, numerous techniques for each topic. Take spelling as an example (p111-115). Students are taught to match spelling with their learning styles: visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic and multisensory. There are 5 or 6 more techniques for spelling. Teachers are also reminded to "avoid circling spelling errors for visual learners". Susan pays attention to so many useful details. This book should be available in all primary teachers' libraries.

TEACHING GIFTED KIDS IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM: STATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES EVERY TEACHER CAN USE TO MEET THE ACADEMIC NEEDS OF THE GIFTED & TALENTED
TEACHING GIFTED KIDS IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM: STATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES EVERY TEACHER CAN USE TO MEET THE ACADEMIC NEEDS OF THE GIFTED & TALENTED
by SUSAN WINEBRENNER
Edition: Paperback
29 used & new from CDN$ 2.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring out the full potential of each student, Sept. 13 2001
This is a much revised and expanded version (from 161 pages to 243 pages now), with many more master pages for reproduction. The Table of Contents gives a more detailed listing of topics. References and Resources are more extensive. Chapter 1 gives longer lists of characteristics of the gifted child, and also of the perfectionistic, creative and the twice-exceptional (giftedness coexisting with a learning challenge or a disability, such as ADD/ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome).

Gifted students tend to learn less in the regular class and are often underachievers. This book provides resource materials for a wide range of subjects for helping them to "compact" the curriculum (cut out what is redundant to each) and form flexible groupings so that individual needs can be attended to. It is based on accumulated fruitful applications and it should be a standarad reference for all teachers. (Part of the content could be for American use only.)

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