Rediscover.jpg (905438 bytes)Rediscover the Joy of Learning: A Handbook for teachers, counselors and parents of struggling students (including Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD), Don A. Blackerby, Ph.D.
The United States is the land of opportunity. Our children have the opportunity to participate in public educational programs designed to prepare them for academic and personal excellence in their future endeavors. Recent reports reveal that the public educational system may be less than successful in achieving this goal. Results of the 1993 National Adult Literacy Survey indicate that approximately 50% of the adults in this country do not possess the refining and computational skills necessary to excel in today's modern technological society. Perhaps the more appalling aspect of this study is that 90% of these adults report they believe that their skill level in these areas are either good or "excellent". They do not realize that they don't know.

A significant number of these low skilled adults are unemployed, receive public assistance, or reside in our nation's correctional facilities. The Center for Study of Literacy at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma has been evaluating educational levels and programs at correctional facilities in the State of Oklahoma since 1991. These evaluations indicate that 48% of Oklahoma's offenders read below the 9th grade level and approximately 80% of these offenders have been diagnosed as learning disabled at some time in their public educational career. These figures are similar to results of studies in other states. It is apparent that opportunities for students who do not succeed in our public educational system are limited and society as well as the individual student pays an exorbitant price.

The learning strategies and techniques Dr. Blackerby covers in Rediscover the Joy of Learning will make a significant difference in an individual student's achievement when used at school, home, or any learning situation. These techniques teach a student how to learn not just what to learn. Our public schools presuppose that a student already knows how to learn and focuses on content rather than the process of learning. Knowing how to learn is not only necessary for academic success, it is vital for success in our rapidly changing society.

We have been privileged to have trained and worked with Dr. Blackerby for several years. We have seen many young people, who have struggled in the educational system, excel using Dr. Blackerby's learning techniques. These students range from "bright but bored" learners to those students who have been labeled and served in Special Education Programs.

This handbook is written in a very "user-friendly" style and can be used by non-professional as well as professional educators. The techniques and strategies detailed in this book will benefit students, parents, teachers, and all those interested in rediscovering the joy of learning and achieving academic and personal excellence.

P. Frank McKane, Ph.D., Director
Center for Study of Literacy
Oklahoma Literacy Clearinghouse
Northeastern State University
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Margaret R. McKane, M.Ed.
Certifications:  LD, MR, SED
Tahlequah Public Schools
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Contents

BACKGROUND

11

The Problem

11

Your Memory and How It Works

18

Developing A Visual Learning Strategy

22

Summary

25

ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR STUDENTS

27

Learning Spelling Words

27

Learning Vocabulary Words

30

Learning to Visually Read

33

Learning Math Facts

39

Making ANY Subject Interesting

42

Test and Performance Anxiety

45

Remembering to Do Things

48

Memorizing Facts and Data

51

Test Taking

53

How To Take Notes

57

Developing a Positive Attitude About School and Learning

59

How To Learn Mathematics

65

How to Write

72

Learning Language Arts

75

Foreign Languages

78

TIPS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

79

Learning Communication Skills

79

Finding Positive Intention

82

Getting Rapport With Mirroring

86

Getting Rapport With Your Voice

88

Learning to Visualize

92

Building Self Esteem

95

Remembering Names

97

Changing Limiting Beliefs in Students

99

Turning Kids On To School or How To Affect Attitude

102

Keeping Them Turned On

122

LEARNING STYLES

129

Visual or Auditory or Kinesthetic

130

Toward Pleasure or Away From Pain

133

Externally or Internally Oriented

135

General -- Specific

138

Matchers or Mis-Matchers

140

Convincer Styles

143

Variety or Routine

145

Less Occuring Learning Styles

147

Time Orientation

147

Self or Other

147

Content Sorts

147

Boundaries of Necessity or Possibility or Contingencies

148

Thinking or Feeling or Doing

149

LEARNING DISABILITIES

151

A Different Presuppostion for Understanding Learning Disabilities

151

Dyslexia

153

Its Structure

153

Some Techniques for Helping Students With Dyslexia Symptoms

153

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

156

The Symptoms of ADD

156

The Subjective Experience of the Student With ADD Symptoms

158

Why Do They Act That Way?

159

Potential Causes of ADD Symptoms

162

A New Definition of ADD

163

Techniques for Working With Students With ADD Symptoms

167

Some Tips for Parents & Teachers

184

Summary

186

Appendix A - What is NLP?

189

Appendix B - The Logical Levels of Experience

190

Bibliography

193

About the Author

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