All Kinds of Minds, Guest Commentary from Shelley Nash

October 28, 2012 – I recently read an excerpt of the book All Kinds of Minds by Dr. Mel Levine. He talks about how all of us have strengths and weaknesses in our minds and how we process information. As adults, none of us is expected to be good at everything, but children are routinely expected to be good at everything and are humiliated when they aren’t. This extends beyond just academic things.

Dr Levine and Charles Schwab started an organization call All Kinds of Minds where you can learn more about the eight types of neurological systems in our minds. These eight systems must all work together; and some are strong, and others are weak. At Faces of Learning, you can take a Learner Sketch and have your children do the same thing.

It was an enlightening experience for me!

I feel strongly that all of us learn differently, at different rates, and that we ALL possess strengths, but those strengths may not necessarily shine in a classroom setting. I hope we will all enjoy our children, acknowledge their strengths, and help them with their weaker areas. We all have those weak areas–not just our children!


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