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Learning and Learning Problems

11

Nov'16

What Is Automaticity? Why Is It Important for Reading and Learning?

Acquisition of a new skill is generally associated with a decrease in the need for effortful control over performance, leading to the development of automaticity. Automaticity by definition has been achieved when performance of a primary task is minimally affected by other ongoing tasks.

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06

Nov'16

Every Child Learns Differently? Or Don’t They?

The phrase “every child learns differently” is often used to refer to a child’s learning style. Learning styles are generally divided into three categories: (1.) visual learners, who need to see it to know it, (2.) auditory learners, who need to hear it to know it and (3.) tactile/kinaesthetic learners, who prefer a hands-on approach...

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30

Oct'16

Spelling Help for Kids with Spelling Difficulties

Learners with reading difficulties usually have problems in spelling as well, and oftentimes have more severe deficits in spelling than in reading, according to Hallahan et al. in Introduction to Learning Disabilities. In reading, context and other cues help one to decode a word, but in spelling, one must produce the word after hearing or thinking it.

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25

Oct'16

Don’t Confuse Learning Skills with Learning Strategies

There is a tendency nowadays to confuse the word skill with related concepts like strategy, method, and technique. Many people, when talking about "learning skills," actually mean learning strategies, or learning methods, or learning techniques...

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17

Oct'16

Teaching Myth: Repetition and Drill Dull Creativity

Repetition and drill have become swear words in education. Today this form of learning is considered to be out of style, ghastly boring and even mindless. Drill-and-practice, teachers are told, produces only rote memorization and dulls creativity. “Having to spend long periods of time on repetitive tasks is a sign that learning is not taking place...

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08

Oct'16

Mirror Writing — When to Worry

While mirror writing is considered to be normal during the pre-school phase, it should alert parents and teachers if it continues after formal reading and writing instruction has begun...

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08

Oct'16

Long-Term Memory Problems in Children

Long-term memory is our permanent memory storage. From long-term memory you can recall general information about the world that you learned on previous occasions, memory for specific past experiences, specific rules previously learned, and the like. When a child studies hard, has no reading or spelling problem, yet struggles to do well at school, a poor long term-memory seems like a very possible cause.

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04

Oct'16

Learning Disabilities Clarified: Learning is a Skill

The subject of this discussion, that learning is a skill, is apparently one of those ideas that are generally regarded as self-evident. Most people, however, do not seem to realise the implications involved.

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04

Oct'16

Help for Children with Learning Difficulties

In modern Western society mastery of basic academic skills — reading, writing and arithmetic — is a necessary prerequisite for success in both school and employment settings and society at large. However, due to learning difficulties, the futures of many children are put in jeopardy.

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27

Sep'16

Building Blocks Activate Spatial Ability in Children Better than Board Games

Research from Indiana University has found that structured block-building games improve spatial abilities in children to a greater degree than board games. The study measured the relative impact of two games -- a structured block-building game and a word-spelling board game -- on children's spatial processing...

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