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Teacher Training and the Inclusion of Learning Skills as a Solution to “No Child Left Behind”

Executive Summary about Teacher Training by Addie Cusimano

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When there is a case study of a student discussed that involves a diagnostic evaluation determining the learning mode of the student, it is common practice to recommend instruction that teaches to the strength of the student. If the student’s weakness is in the auditory mode, the teacher is encouraged to use a visual mode of presentation.

Is the teacher truly meeting the needs of these students by teaching to their strengths? Take the case of Ryan, an eighth grade student who consistently displayed very poor spelling skills. A diagnostic evaluation was made of Ryan’s reading, spelling and learning skills.

Most importantly, Ryan’s visual memory letter span was very weak. Working with Ryan to increase his understanding of the spelling of syllables and his ability to visually recall words using Achieve: A Visual Memory Program, a program that developmentally expands a student’s ability to spell words, Ryan was able to develop his visual mode of learning so that he no longer was faced with this embarrassing problem.

Instead of teaching to students’ strengths, we should be instructing our teachers to develop the learning skill weaknesses of our students. When you consider that a learning disabled student is one with an average to superior IQ but one who generally has very serious learning skill deficiencies in both the visual and auditory learning modes, it is obvious that he is not going to learn as the average child learns. However, case studies have proven that if we address the weak learning skill areas and develop these skills, learning disabled students learn just like any other student!

Since most learning disabled students are seriously weak in both the visual and auditory skill areas, teaching to the stronger of the two does not solve the problem because these student are not able to learn well from either one of these mode. Therefore, developing both the visual and auditory skills of these students is the only way to set them up for learning like the average child.

It lies in teacher training programs that emphasize the development of both the visual and auditory modes for all students, learning disabled to gifted.

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