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We're Born to Learn: Using the Brain's Natural Learning Process to Create Today's Curriculum

By: Rita Smilkstein

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Paperback : 272 pages
Publisher : Corwin Press (February 2011)
ISBN - 10 : 1412979382
ISBN - 13 : 9781412979382
Product Dimensions : 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)
Subjects : Neuroscience, Medical Research, Psychology of Education, Teaching - Curricula, Classroom Planning, Learning

About the author :

Dr. Rita Smilkstein's area of expertise is teaching-learning theory based on brain research and how to teach according to the brain's natural learning process. A frequent speaker nationally and internationally, her publications include textbooks for teaching study skills and grammar as well as articles on how to apply the brain's natural learning process to curriculum development and instructional methods across the disciplines. Her book, We're Born to Learn: Using the Brain's Natural Learning Process to Create Today's Curriculum (Corwin Press, 2002), won the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International's Educator's Award for 2004.

In 2005, Dr. Smilkstein received the prestigious Robert Griffin Award from the College Reading and Learning Association for long and outstanding service. In 2006, she was elected a Fellow of the American Council of Developmental Education Associations. Fellows are selected based on their long-term and significant contributions to the field and a fellowship is the highest honor that may be conferred upon professionals in learning assistance, tutoring, and developmental education.

Dr. Smilkstein has degrees in English (B.A., State University of Iowa; M.A. Michigan State University) and a doctorate in Educational Psychology (University of Washington) and has taught in middle school through graduate school, including 28 years at North Seattle Community College in both developmental and college-transfer programs. She was one of the founding members of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, a leader in the national learning communities movement. Currently, she is Professor Emerita (English),North Seattle Community College, and, as invited faculty, teaches educational psychology at Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education.

She has received a number of teaching awards, including the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in 1995, 1991; Outstanding Teacher Award, Washington Association of Developmental Education, 1994; Award of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Education Excellence, Washington Community Colleges/Vocational Technical Institutes Councils, 1991; and the Burlington Northern Award for Significant and Meritorious Teaching, 1990.


This updated edition of the award-winning bestseller shows teachers how to help students become the motivated, successful, and natural learners they were born to be.

Patricia Jamie Lee

"I encountered Rita Smilkstein's work as I struggled with teaching entry level students on an Indian Reservation. The natural human learning process described in the book transformed my experience. My students were engaged, attending classes, and reprogramming their past from the frame of 'failure' to the frame of 'born to learn.' No teacher, new or experienced, should enter any class without a copy of this book."

Laura Symons

"Dr. Rita Smilkstein has inspired thousands of students and educators with her practical application of the Natural Human Learning Process. This new edition brings us up-to-date, and maintains the clarity and generosity of spirit that is Smilkstein's trademark. Her enthusiasm rekindles the joy of learning that is hard-wired in all of us. If you read one book this year, make it We're Born to Learn, then put it into action."

Doctor - Deborah Daiek

"We're Born to Learnis one of the most valuable instructional tools teachers will ever use. Knowing 'how' students learn should be absolutely mandatory, yet is rarely taught in college prep. All teachers believe that they are teaching, but few know how students actually learn, and don't consider how the brain processes new information whiledeveloping their lesson plans. Dr. Smilkstein likens the learning brain to twigs on a tree; the twigs grow from a branch that is already there (prior knowledge). After reading this book, the most treasured seven words in every classroom will be, 'See if you can figure this out.' "

Reneau Waggoner

"Dr. Rita Smilksteinoffers aprescription for what ails our developmental students: lack of critical thinking, lack of understanding of the learning process, etc. While the previous edition is a must read, this latest edition is teaching and learning’s pharmacology textbook…a collector’s item for developmental education."

Karen J. Sides

"This book is a must read for anyone with ADHD or ADD students who are drowning in the public education system.The author presentsrecent research that opens the door for teachers to immediately create an environment conducive to helping these students learn."

James A. Cox

"Packs in in practical methods for achievement and is a top pick for any education collection."

Dr. Deborah Daiek

"We're Born to Learnis one of the most valuable instructional tools teachers will ever use. Knowing 'how' students learn should be absolutely mandatory, yet is rarely taught in college prep. All teachers believe that they are teaching, but few know how students actually learn, and don't consider how the brain processes new information whiledeveloping their lesson plans. Dr. Smilkstein likens the learning brain to twigs on a tree; the twigs grow from a branch that is already there (prior knowledge). After reading this book, the most treasured seven words in every classroom will be, 'See if you can figure this out.'"

Irving Pressley Mc Phail

"A new theory more directly linking culture, information processing, instruction, and how the brain learns is needed to transform classroom practice for culturally diverse learners. Rita Smilkstein, the ranking scholar-practitioner-activist in the brain-based, natural learning movement, offers concrete, research- based classroom strategies for achieving this vision."

Robert Pinney

"This author not only summarizes the theories and research regarding how the brain functions in the process of learning—natural learning—she also shows how she has continued to apply it in her own teaching and learning."

Jonathan Baylis

"The stunning correspondence between Rita Smilkstein's research results and Piaget's six stages validates this book. Smilkstein's work grounds in brain research theories and assumptions that educators have worked with for years. It is as if a missing link has now been unearthed to connect all that we have observed in our teaching."

Julie Noble

"Being a community college English instructor who has used the Natural Human Learning Process approach for several years, I have had the opportunity to see the results it produces. There is no better way to experience the joy of teaching than to see students' joy of learning blossom. There is no greater motivator than success, and that's what all of us—students and teachers alike—experience in an NHLP learning environment."

Irving Pressley McPhail

"A new theory more directly linking culture, information processing, instruction, and how the brain learns is needed to transform classroom practice for culturally diverse learners. Rita Smilkstein, the ranking scholar-practitioner-activist in the brain-based, natural learning movement, offers concrete, research- based classroom strategies for achieving this vision. "

Jean Mac Gregor

"This is an important and useful book—readable, practical, and inspiring advice for the practicing teacher. This is a great translation of theory into practice, and Rita's stories of her own work are especially compelling."

Hunter R.Boylan

"I would certainly recommend that developmental educators read this book and implement its findings. This work is [also] going to be particularly helpful to high school teachers. It summarizes vast amounts of research and experience in clear and practical terms. It offers a whole new approach to teaching and learning that is well grounded in fact and science."

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