Teaching to Every Kid's Potential: Simple Neuroscience Lessons to Liberate Learners (Paperback)
“Teachers hold the potential to provide a student with frustration or opportunity every day—and those states are closer together than you might think.”
When students repeatedly lose track of directions or take a long time to solve problems, it’s easy for teachers to see the distracted or off-task behavior, but not always to see the root of the problem. Quite often the same child who has an underdeveloped skill may have an opposing but hidden strength: a slow processor of information may also be a deep thinker.
Teaching to Every Kid’s Potential is an invitation to teachers to improve the learning in their classrooms, one student at a time, using practical, evidence-based strategies. Focusing on four big concepts from neuroscience—flexibility, readiness, connection, and masking—the author shows how to apply them to build on the strengths of students. Each chapter unpacks the science; shows how talents can compensate for neural processing issues and suggests small but powerful adjustments to classroom practice that can allow kids’ gifts to emerge.
About the Author
Layne Kalbfleisch, MED, PhD, is dually trained as an educational psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. A resident of Abiquiu, New Mexico, she teaches in the College of Education at Northern New Mexico College and is the founder of 2E Consults® LLC.
Teaching to Every Kid's Potential is not a dreaded 'flavor of the year' educational reform. Instead, the approach in this book is to slightly tweak what we do every day—in the classroom, out on the playground, on the favorite end-of-the-year field trip—to connect with and spark the fire of learning in each student. Layne Kalbfleisch has shared with us invaluable neuroscience research on learning, great insight about its practical application and, most importantly, the belief that all children can learn, and that we are capable of providing the enriched environment to enable all children to learn. This is a must-read for every student teacher, teacher, school administrator, and university education professor!
— Vannetta R. Perry, Ed.D., Former Superintendent of Schools, Magdalena, New Mexico
The opening chapter of Teaching to Every Kid's Potential contains a sentence which is both a statement of fact and a call to action: 'We haven't yet achieved the rapport to really marry the fields of education and neuroscience.' Written by someone who is both an accomplished cognitive neuroscientist and a seasoned hands-on educator, this book goes a long way toward accomplishing that rapport. In a concise and accessible manner, Layne Kalbfleisch places some of the central concepts of cognitive neuroscience in a direct educational context.
— Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, Director, Luria Neuroscience Institute, and Clinical Professor of Neurology, Grossman NYU School of Medicine
One of the greatest challenges facing scholars such as Dr. Kalbfleisch is to connect neuroscientific research and concepts to real world applications. This excellent book builds the bridge and points the way to future possibilities.
— Jack A. Naglieri, PhD, Research Professor, University of Virginia, Emeritus Professor George Mason University and Senior Research Scientist, Devereux Center for Resilient Children
This is a remarkable book. It is an essay on what I imagine as an emerging double helix of education of best practices and evolving neuroscience. The author, an educational psychologist, challenges many current educational sacred cows and offers creative, imaginative, emotionally-informed, and science-based alternatives. Kalbfleisch offers to educators of all types a vision of the world in which teachers and students are not inanimate stick figures or electronic data storage silos for uploading and downloading. Her 'four imperatives'—flexibility, readiness, connection, and (un)masking—provide the cognitive/affective/relational architecture to help realize 'every kid's potential' (to which I add: 'and every teacher's potential as well').
— Howard F. Stein, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center