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The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child, by Richard Selznick, is reviewed.
Book reviews Opening Up the Shut-Down Learner learners in small classes or in one- on-one settings. The lessons would By Rick Docksai be supplemented by classes steeped in lively visual and spatial exercises. “Building, creating, taking things apart and putting them back together More visuals and less text will keep them connected much is the key to helping many more than sitting in seven excruciat- ing classes a day of academics,” underperforming students Selznick writes. Growing numbers of teachers to- learn better, says a school day say that they struggle to sustain psychologist. the attentions of many of their stu- dents. Selznick’s text is very timely, offering teachers and parents educa- Four out of every 10 American stu- tional tools that could better engage dents in elementary school today children of many backgrounds and might give up on learning well be- learning types. fore graduation time, according to The Shut-Down Learner: school psychologist Richard Selznick. Helping Your Academi- They will disconnect from teachers, About the Reviewer cally Discouraged Child Rick Docksai is a staff editor for THE tune out of class, and simply “shut by Richard Selznick. Sentient Publica- FUTURIST and World Future Review. down” as students. In The Shut-Down tions, www.sentientpublications.com. Learner, Selznick tells parents and 2009. 160 pages. Paperback. $15.95. teachers what they can do to re- engage them. Healing Habitats “The shut-down learners that I have known are incredibly talented By Aaron M. Cohen and misunderstood. Sadly, many of the letter- and language-related activi- them are casualties of school,” ties, she became much more fidgety Selznick writes. and restless. I had to help her to stay A team of urban designers Selznick has counseled thousands on task and not give up readily. explores the “therapeutic of young people w
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