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Bringing the Science of Learning to the He(art) of Teaching. LDA Annual Conference November 14, 2011. Mary-Dean Barringer, CEO All Kinds of Minds Carrboro, NC USA. “2009”— A struggling learner’s quest for success”. Youtube video “1970’s”—Michigan treasures all kinds of minds.

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Bringing the science of learning to the he art of teaching

Bringing the Science of Learning to the He(art) of Teaching

LDA Annual Conference

November 14, 2011

Mary-Dean Barringer, CEOAll Kinds of MindsCarrboro, NC USA


“2009”—A struggling learner’s quest for success”.

Youtube video

“1970’s”—Michigan treasures all kinds of minds.

The struggle of a youth to amount to something worthwhile is the greatest objective he can have in life.”Jesse Stuart, 1949 from The Thread that Runs So True


The science of learning

Efforts to link neuroscience and education remain isolated, but most people in this arena believe there is great potential for students who underperform in school and learn differently.

“The Science of Learning”


Neuroscience and the classroom

Neuroscience—study of the brain but most people in this

Wiring, synapses, anatomy (neural hardware)

Agreement on findings on plasticity, sleep and memory, gender differences

PET and MRI imaging tools

Neuroscience and cognitive psychology- study of the mind

Constructs and functions (mental software)

Learning and behavior

“Targeted mind growth” programs

Neuroscience, psychology and development- study of learners

(a mind at a point in time)

Convergence of these disciplines is relatively new

Increased understanding of learning differences, specificity in diagnosis

Better judgments about input to learner

Neuroscience and the Classroom


Bridging neuroscience and schools a starting point

Neurodevelopmental frameworks but most people in this provide:

A way to develop expertise about learning and its variations, at various developmental stages.

A use for a phenomenological approach to enriching assessment (observing behaviors, outputs).

A schema for identifying a learner’s strengths and weaknesses, resulting in specificity in targeting instruction.

A way to determine the mental demands of assigned tasks (tests, projects, lesson objectives, homework, etc.)

A way to end pedagogical wars.

Bridging Neuroscience and Schools: A Starting Point


Neurodevelopmental framework

PPT-9 but most people in this

Neurodevelopmental Framework


Beliefs about teaching all kinds of minds

Inspire optimism in the face of learning challenges. but most people in this

Discover and treasure unique learning profiles.

Eliminate humiliation, blaming and labeling of students.

Empower students to find success.

Leverage strengths and affinities.

Beliefs about teaching All Kinds Of Minds


Rti multi tier model

ACADEMIC SYSTEMS but most people in this

TIER 3 Intensive, Individual Interventions

Individual students

Assessment-based

High intensity

Of longer duration

TIER 2 Targeted Group Interventions

Some students (at-risk)

High efficiency

Rapid response

TIER 1 Core Instructional Interventions

All students

Preventive, proactive

RTI: Multi-tier Model

BEHAVIORAL SYSTEMS

TIER 3 Intensive, Individual Interventions

  • Individual students

  • Assessment-based

  • Intense, durable procedures

    TIER 2 Targeted Group Interventions

  • Some students (at-risk)

  • High efficiency

  • Rapid response

    TIER 1 Core Instructional Interventions

  • All students

  • Preventive, proactive

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5%

Circa 15%

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Students


Problem solving method

(What is but most people in this not the problem?—Inspiration, Intellect)

What is the problem?

Problem-Solving Method

Why is it happening?

Did it work?

What should be done about it?


Improve conversations for student led and other conferences lyla take one

Observations about the student’s work: but most people in this

On larger assignments, especially writing, Lyla’s work does not reflect her ability. On The Chosen literary analysis, her first draft was turned in unfinished. While she did make improvements on her final draft, the explanations did not suggest the depth of thought of which Lyla is capable.

Observations about the student in the learning environment:

In whole class discussions and small groups, Lyla is often disengaged and appears to be daydreaming. Then suddenly she will emerge with an insightful comment that demonstrates deeps analytical thinking about a text. Lyla is often unprepared for class, lacking paper, writing utensils and the novel we are studying.

Commendations:

Lyla is able to verbally articulate her position about a text with deep insights and maturity but has great difficulty organizing those thoughts into written form. She thinks deeply about literature, makes connections and easily picks up inferences in a text.

Recommendations:

Lyla is unwilling to work on writing in classroom and does not appear to want feedback. It is essential that she comes to see her work as a process that will need revision and accept comments from me.

Improve Conversations for Student-Led and other Conferences: Lyla, Take One


Lyla take two

Lyla needs to be reassured that she has great ideas but she needs to use step-wise strategies to get them down on paper. She engages in “mind-trips”—possibly as cognitive activation for her verbal insights. Lyla should be asked during this time to capture her thoughts in an idea journal.

Sequencing can be strengthened by having her put those ideas into a logical order for a narrative structure, with a short sentence about each idea. Her sequential and spatial ordering weaknesses can be addressed by breaking the writing process into steps so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming, with feedback on each step. Lyla can prepare two writing kits to support her organizational challenges—one for the backpack and one to leave in the classroom—that have all the supplies she needs.

Lyla: Take Two


Here and now adam s story
Here and Now: Adam’s Story needs to use step-wise strategies to get them down on paper. She engages in “mind-trips”—possibly as cognitive activation for her verbal insights. Lyla should be asked during this time to capture her thoughts in an idea journal.


Contact information

Training in the content developed by All Kinds of Minds is provided across the country.

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Online Modules

Professional Development

General All Kinds of Minds Website:

www.allkindsofminds.org

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