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I am so excited to have Jen Lilienstein, author of A PARENT’S PLAYBOOK FOR LEARNING, over here to share her thoughts. I am sure this book will be a great help to my mommy friends and readers out there! This book, which won the Pinnacle Award for Best Parenting and Family Book, will walk you through your child’s personality profile. You can also get a detailed personal profile of your child for free at the Kidzmet website . It would only take 10-20 minutes!
|A Parent’s Playbook For Learning|
offered to review A Parent’s Playbook for
Learning for her readers. (You can read her full review here.) When she
expressed interest in participating in my virtual book tour, I jumped at the
chance to work with her again. She spoke in her last piece about how my book
had opened her eyes—the way her School Head had—to how kids’ unique
personalities and interests shape the ways in which they learn best.
tour to talk more about what first clued me into the fact that, when you key
your kids (or students) are and
they like to learn,
ripple effect into self-esteem that kids take from learning into life.
called Multiple Intelligences, which
struck me to the core. I’d had so many friends throughout my school career that
I thought were absolutely brilliant—just not in the traditional sense of IQ.
Challenge was, many of them didn’t believe that they were smart because their
grades in the “important” subjects weren’t high. When Gardner unveiled his (at
the time) seven types of intelligence, they resonated deeply. As a result, I
decided to do my undergraduate thesis on what effect this acknowledgement—that
there were many ways to be intelligent—in
a school setting would have on the student body. I studied several different
campuses which had varying amounts of Gardner’s intelligences woven into their
school days. For a couple of schools, the focus was almost exclusively on
logical-mathematical and linguistic skills development. For others, the
curriculum reflected a culture of educating the whole child, so
bodily-kinesthetic, musical, visual-spatial, interpersonal, and intrapersonal
capacities were both recognized and embraced as important during the school day.
The remainder lay somewhere in between. I conducted both qualitative and
quantitative research and discovered that as moreintelligences were honored during the school day, absence rates
decreased, students were more excited about both school and learning, and the
young scholars had a greater variety of responses to the question “what do you
want to be when you grow up?”
involved in a variety of types of education. I haven’t just seen different
types of learners in a classroom or tutoring setting, but also watched focus
groups of kids respond to educational software games differently and came to
understand how differently adults deal with the challenge of distance
education. Most importantly, however,
I’ve had a front row seat to watch my two children learn in very different ways.
eons. I took a Myers-Briggs test when I was in early high school thanks to my
Dad, later in my high school career center, then yet again with the self-help
best seller “What Color Is Your Parachute?” I became a personality type
enthusiast very early on and thought that the eHarmony approach to internet
dating was brilliant. After all, we have all experienced firsthand how
important personality mesh is when choosing a spouse or friends.
important it was in the context of learning.
All the different personality types approach new understandings in different
ways. There are 8 types of learners in elementary school from a personality
perspective. Knowing your child’s personality type is kind of like buying a GPS
system for your child’s education, where you can help them chart their own
quickest path to understanding. Some kids do better“thinking out loud” while
others prefer to ponder new material before discussing it. Some kids see the
world in black-and-white, replicable models while others see it in shades of
gray. Some kids prefer to check out the forest before zooming into the trees
while still others prefer to get to know the leaves and trees before looking at
the forest as a whole.
these angles or approaches has merit, just as long as you eventually flesh out
all sides of the elephant. More importantly, the ways that work best for
parents to learn new material may not
match their kids. My hope is that my book, A Parent’s Playbook for Learning, will help enlighten parents with
respect to how their own kids understand the world around them and soak in new
knowledge, so that they are in a better position to help their kids develop a
passion for learning.