A Mind at a Time

America`s Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed

Recognizing each child's intellectual, emotional, and physical strengths--and teaching directly to these strengths--is key to sculpting "a mind at a time," according to Dr. Mel Levine. While this flashing yellow light will not surprise many skilled educators, limited resources often prevent them from shifting their instructional gears. But to teachers and parents whose children face daily humiliation at school, the author bellows, "Try harder!" A professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Levine eloquently substantiates his claim that developmental growth deserves the same monitoring as a child's physical growth.

Tales of creative, clumsy, impulsive, nerdy, intuitive, loud-mouthed, and painfully shy kids help Levine define eight specific mind systems (attention, memory, language, spatial ordering, sequential ordering, motor, higher thinking, and social thinking). Levine also incorporates scientific research to show readers how the eight neurodevelopmental systems evolve, interact, and contribute to a child's success in school. Detailed steps describe how mental processes (like problem solving) work for capable kids, and how they can be finessed to serve those who struggle. Clear, practical suggestions for fostering self-monitoring skills and building self-esteem add the most important elements to this essential--yet challenging--program for "raisin' brain."

Author: Mel Levine, MD
Publisher: Simon Schuster Paperbacks, 2002
Format: Book, paperback, 352 pages
Beyond FAT City

A Look Back, A Look Ahead

A conversation about special education

F.A.T--Frustration, Anxiety, Tension--three all-too-familiar feelings for the families of children with learning disabilities. It is the basis for a 1987 workshop simulating the children's daily experiences. Richard Lavoie, creator of the original F.A.T. City Workshop, reviews the history philosophy of the project, the major trends issues in the field of learning disabilities since 1987, and the challenges ahead for parents educators.

Presented by: Richard D. Lavoie
Produced by: PBS VIDEO, 2005
Format: 1 Video cassette, 90 minutes;Viewer's Guide,46 pages

A Complete Guide for Parents

With proper information and support, parents can play a vital role in helping their child to thrive and achieve their full potential. Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents is designed to allow parents to do just that. Here you will find straightforward advise on: What dyslexia is and how it can be identified Strategies to use at home to complement work at school How to work with professionals and what their responsibilities are Legislation and resources in different countries, including the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Including first hand accounts of parents' successes and setbacks, and extensive lists of organizations and resources to help, Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents offers crucial information and advice, as well as encouragement and hope.

Author: Gavin Reid, experienced teacher and educational psychologist
Publisher: John Wiley Sons, 2004
Format: Book, paperback, 197 pages
For Parents of College Bound Students

You are the most important and influential people in your children's lives. Your children need you to be interested and involved in their activities and in their academic progress. During their high school years, your children also need you to take an active interest in their preparation and planning for college.

As parents, there are many things you can do to ensure that your children will be prepared for college. You can see that they take the required courses, sign up for the rights tests, and complete the necessary forms.
An Instruction Booklet for Parents of College Bound Students will give you the information you need to guide and advise your children.

Publisher: Woodburn Press, unknown date
Format: Booklet, approximately 30 pages
Get Off My Brain

A Survival Guide for Lazy* Students

An illustrated guide to ways of improving study habits with suggestions for writing creative papers, making speeches, doing research, getting good grades, and time management.

* Bored, Frustrated, and Otherwise Sick of School

Author: Randall McCutcheon; Foreword by Steve Allen
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, 1998
Format: Book, paperback, 97 pages
Going to School

Going To School ~Ir A La Escuela provides a captivating look at the daily experiences of students receiving special education services, and examines gains made by the Los Angeles Unified School District toward compliance with civil rights laws that guarantee a quality education for all children.

The documentary focuses on the lives of three seventh graders and a second grader, and reveals the determination of their parents to see that these children receive an equal education.

Publisher: Richard Cohen Films, 2001
Format: Video, 64 minutes
Hope for Underachieving Kids

Time-tested strategies for reaching the most apathetic kid, including, how to rebuild the internal drive to succeed, a step-by-step plan for reaching kids who just don't seem to care about school, tools for preventing battles over schoolwork and homework, how to respond when a child says, "I don't care."

Author: Jim Fay Charles Fay, Ph.D.
Publisher: The Love Logic Press, 2001
Available Formats: 2 Audio cassettes, 2 hours and 12 minutes OR 2 Video cassettes, 2 hours and 22 minutes
How To Become a SuperStar Student

Helping Your Children Achieve Success

This course instructs high school students in how to improve basic study skills and develop a genuine enthusiasm for learning. The course covers a range of skills useful in any school subject: budgeting time, taking notes, annotating texts, writing papers, completing exams, and choosing the right career path after high school. The first ten lectures are primarily intended for the student; the last two speak also to parents.

Author: TMW Media Group
Publisher: TMW Media Group, 2000
Format: 1 Video cassette, 30 minutes
How to Get Good Grades

In Ten Easy Steps

Students who get A's know that it's important to be organized. They know how to study, how to take good notes, and how to read a textbook. They know tricks that help them memorize things and strategies that help them choose the right answers on tests.

This booklet will help you do all of these things and more. If you read and follow the suggestions in this booklet, you will be on your way to getting the best grades you've ever gotten. You may not get the grades you want overnight, and it will require some work on your part, but if you want to improve your grades, this booklet can definitely help you do it.
Parents can use this booklet to help the younger child establish good study habits from an early age!

Author: Linda O'Brien
Publisher: Woodburn Press
Format: Booklet, paperback, 29 pages
How to Help Your Child with Homework

Every Caring Parent's Guide to Encouraging Good Study Habits and Ending the Homework Wars

For Parents of Children Ages 6 to 13

If you're tired of homework-related battles, call a truce and read this book. Written by teachers, it's packed with proven techniques, step-by-step strategies, and expert advice. Clear, concrete, and easy to use, it has already helped thousands of parents make peace at home while helping their children succeed in school.

The authors examine:
  • Choosing the right "homework helper" for your child
  • Setting up a homework schedule and a home study center
  • Communicating effectively with your child's teacher
  • Quickly identifying problem areas and carrying out solutions
  • Helping your child prepare for tests Helping your child with projects, reports, papers and thematic units
  • Promoting responsibility and independence
  • Using technology wisely
  • Playing games that make learning fun, and
  • Teaching your child study skills that will last a lifetime.

You’ll learn what's new about teaching today and why your child's assignments are different from the homework you remember. You'll discover books, organizations, and websites to explore. And you'll find 42 pages of handouts and forms - assignment sheets, study guides, book report outlines, word lists, project planners, and more - all that you can photocopy and use with your child.

Author: Marguerite C. Radencich, Ph.D., and Jeanne Shay Schumm, Ph.D.
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, 1988, 1997
Format: Book, paperback, 193 pages

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