A Teacher's Guide to Multisensory Learning: Improving Literacy by Engaging the Senses

A Teacher's Guide to Multisensory Learning: Improving Literacy by Engaging the Senses

A Teacher's Guide to Multisensory Learning: Improving Literacy by Engaging the Senses

A Teacher's Guide to Multisensory Learning: Improving Literacy by Engaging the Senses

Synopsis

How can teachers help students develop the literacy skills that are necessary for learning and retaining information in any subject? Traditional memory tricks, mnemonic devices, graphic organizers, and role playing do little to turn bored or reluctant students into enthusiastic learners.

In A Teacher's Guide to Multisensory Learning: Improving Literacy by Engaging the Senses, Lawrence Baines shows teachers how to engage students through hands-on, visual, auditory, and olfactory stimuli and link the activities to relevant academic objectives. Throughout the book, you'll find real classroom examples of how teachers use multisensory learning techniques to help students interact with material more intensely and retain what they learn for longer periods of time. Baines provides a wide variety of engaging lesson plans to keep students motivated, such as

•Paint-Write--encourages students to use spontaneous painting to interpret their thoughts

•Soundtrack of Your Life--allows students to use contemporary music to learn about narrative writing

•Candy Freak--helps students expand their descriptive vocabularies (as they eat their favorite treats!)

•Red Carpet Conversations--empowers students to create dialogue and act out scenarios about their favorite celebrities

Seventeen additional lessons plans are complemented with practical assessments and strategies for engaging students' sense of play.

For teachers who are ready to energize their classrooms, this book is an invaluable resource for expanding students' capacity to learn and helping them cultivate essential skills that will last a lifetime.

Excerpt

Yo puedo oler el perfume de las flores que planta cada año mi
Tía Maria. Leyendo bajo los árboles un libro perfecto a mi prim
ita, me siento mágica. Jugando y disfrutando con mi prima junto
al aire fresco de otoño, yo pienso, “Que rico el aire que salpica
en mi cara.” Después de que me canso de jugar siento al misma
vez paz y sueno
.

I can smell the perfume of the flowers planted each year by Aunt
Maria. Reading a perfect book to my little cousin under the arbor,
I feel the magic. Playing together with my cousin in the outdoors,
I think, “The rich air sprinkles in my face.” In time, I tire of play
ing, but I feel the peace nevertheless
.

—3rd grade student of Berenice Felix-Diaz, Irving, Texas

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