Who is the Learning Partner? To view my professional background click here Learning Partner
I am a workforce development practitioner with over 15 years training and coaching front line employees, managers, and leaders. I design and create training programs for employees at all levels of the organization. I am also a parent. Our story begins with a child who had a speech-language delay. At three years old, she knew words but she was not producing new sentences like other children in her age group. She loved music and dance; her motor skills were developing well. But, the sentences and responses to direct communication were infrequent.
Many said “she will outgrow it”. Others said, “look at all of the great minds that started speaking well after age four and five.” I said, “I don’t know what this is, but I need answers.” I chose to face the challenge head on. To read about our decision making around facing the language development challenge, click here Beyond Denial
Like every parent, all I wanted was for her to access the curriculum and succeed. We discovered that many of the books, resources, instructional techniques used did not always match the brain and learning style of every child in the classroom. Some succeeded. Some struggled. Some fell by the wayside. The generic responses ‘read more’ or ‘buy a book’ were not the answer. The answer was – find the gifts ~ nurture the gifts.
We spent money on resources that had the right teaching terms but insufficient practice opportunities. We spent money on inexpensive books that taught the concepts poorly. We spent money on resources and activities that would help teach foundation concepts but they didn’t provide explanations to how you get to the answers.
Leveraging Professional Skills and Academic Interests
Using my systems thinking and instructional design skills from my professional life, I had analyzed content, resources, assignments, curriculum guides, and instructional materials to identify the ‘gaps’.
My personal approach to K-12 education:
- researching various aspects of reading and math instruction
- identifying the required competencies and content knowledge required at each grade level
- analyzing instructional methods applied in textbooks, workbooks, and supplemental education resources
- deconstructing each learning concept to find the core principles, the appropriate instructional sequence, and most appropriate language to facilitate teaching and learning
- developing a simple sequential method for introducing, practicing, and applying content and skills
- creating tip sheets and processes and study notes to build organization skills, study habits, retention strategies, and student success
The Goal? Don’t teach them the answers. Teach them how to find the answers. Given the concepts, principles, and appropriate thinking skills tools, the learner can reason, evaluate, and engage with the content and learning from a more empowered position.
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