Teaching Struggling Readers: How to Use Brain-Based Research to Maximize Learning

Carol Lyons

Teaching Struggling Readers: How to Use Brain-Based Research to Maximize Learning

By Carol Lyons
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Marie Clay, in her foreword, says that this important book will help raise the profile for what is needed to get all children off to a good start in education. And a good place to start is with Carol Lyons.

Lyons does a masterful job of introducing teachers to the concepts, categories, language, and arguments pertaining to the brain's control of what readers do. She offers a new way of thinking about learning, about how the mind develops, and about what teachers can do to reach struggling readers. She draws on examples from interactions with her son and her own teaching, from research, and from the work of ten expert teachers, who have successfully taught those children often considered the hardest to teach—children with learning disabilities, language delays, or attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. In addition, she supplies numerous transcripts of teacher-student conversations and end-of-chapter tips to guide teachers to observe their students and plan instruction more effectively.

Table of contents
  1. How the Brain Develops and Functions
  2. Attention, Movement, and Learning
  3. Language and Learning
  4. Emotion, Memory, and Learning
  5. Teaching Reluctant, Unmotivated Students
  6. Teaching Hard-to-Teach Students
  7. Teaching LD and AD(H)D Students
  8. Characteristics of Expert Teachers
  9. Knowledge, Thinking, Reasoning, and Practice of Expert Teachers
  10. Pulling It All Together: Perspectives on the Brain, Learning, and Teaching.