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Breaking the Learning Barrier for Underachieving Students
Practical Teaching Strategies for Dramatic Results



November 2005 | 280 pages | Corwin
 

Make a breakthrough with underachieving and at-risk students!

Little compares to the thrill of seeing a young mind come alive with wonder. But despite the best efforts, there are always students who seem unreachable, unteachable. So what can educators do to make learning fun and rewarding for all students?

Breaking the Learning Barrier for Underachieving Students provides a strong theoretical understanding of learning styles, focusing on at-risk, or "dramatic" learners and why traditional teaching methods fail to meet their educational needs. Offering innovative yet practical teaching strategies, disciplinary policies, and lesson plans designed to engage even the most reluctant learners, Nelson demonstrates the importance of the principles that guide his groundbreaking work with at-risk students:

  • Learning requires active involvement, participation, and effort from the learner
  • Learners need dramatic elements to gain meaning and inspiration
  • Teachers must consider the values and preferences of the learner
  • Learning must be fun

Using Nelson's classroom-tested strategies to modify existing lessons and the learning environment so that these conditions are met, you will be amazed by the progress you can make with every student in your classroom!


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. The System
 
2. Dramatic Elements
 
3. Character and Education
 
4. The Profile of a Dramatic Learner
 
5. The Structure of Dramatic Learning
 
6. Curriculum Design
 
7. Getting Into it HIPA Deep
 
8. Learning and Self Image
 
9. Discipline and the Dramatic Learner
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix
 
Index
 
End Notes
Key features
Numerous charts and diagrams An extensive appendix that provides descriptions of four different learning styles and bulleted "keys for teaching" each type of student: from the high performer to the at-risk student. Sample lesson plans Strong theory base – from Hunter to Gardner and Jung. Endorsement from Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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