This site is very valuable to me as a resource in my job as special needs coordinator. Their pages help me clarify my thoughts and come up with professional language when drafting education plans for students in grades K-8. I have referred parents to this web site and directed colleagues to it.
As the Resource Coordinator, I often refer to the All Kinds of Minds web site. It helps me clarify my thinking especially when I am struggling to come up with new classroom strategies. I often refer parents to the All Kinds of Minds site and some have told me that it helps them better understand their student.
"All Kinds of Minds" diligently strives to humanize education for all learners by focusing on developing the cognitive/academic strengths of each and every unique individual learner whilst managing those areas of weakness. To this end, "All Kinds of Minds" promotes, wholistic, multiple-sensory/sturctured, self-paced, individualized , leveled by areas of academic/cognitive strengths and areas of weakness, differentiated by sensorial learning modalities, thematic, place/project-based facilitation tied to real-life authentic assessments. The point is, "All Kinds of Minds"promotes the concept of unique individuality in learning vis-a-vis the common good of human-kind.
I love everything that All Kinds of Minds has to offer -their website, e-newsletters, and books! Helping people understand how the brain works and how that effects how people learn is so important for everyone to understand -teacher or not.
All Kinds of Minds is a professional resource for both educators and parents. The feedback that I was given about my own child was invaluable. The information that is presented concerning identifying learning styles can make all the difference in educating a child.
All Kinds of Minds is a wonderful resource. In supporting children with learning differences, I find that All Kinds of Minds, provides me with stimulating resources to use throughout the school year. In addition facts on research in all areas of academic and social development assist with policy making and curriculum planning.
Trying to understand how all children learn is an extremely valuable way of helping educators to attend to the specific needs of all students. However, I think one of the most valuable things I see in this initiative is their focus on helping the students themselves as well as their teachers and parents, understand how they learn, how to capitalize on their strengths, and overcome their difficulties. Paraphrasing the proverb: "Give a child a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a child to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This gives children ownership and control over their learning which will serve them all through their lives and help them become independent learners.
After 10 years of teaching, I chose to be a stay-at-home mother to our sons. Our youngest son showed signs of difficulties in learning and relating to others at a very early age. This inspired me to research causes of learning challenges in young children and to experiment with what worked for our son's learning style. I made progress, but there were areas I could not understand and had trouble finding specific information about concerning some of our son's most challenging deficits. It was not until I discovered Dr. Levine's research and books that I finally gleaned a full picture of our son in areas of Temporal-Sequential and Spatial Ordering. I purchased all of Dr. Levine's publications and used his information as a model to tutor our son throughout his schooling. With that specific information used in one-to-one tutoring, our son was able to obtain an Associate's Degree from Miami University of Ohio. I am so grateful for Dr. Levine's wealth of knowledge of how children learn and what to do when something is not working for them. Not only have I used his knowledge with our own son, I also share with other parents I teach in NAMI's Hand to Hand classes.
The heart of understanding is explicit in the organization of All Kinds of Minds. The name alone celebrates the differences in learning and boosts the spirits of parents and teachers who desire to uncover the secrets of learning for everyone. The learning of students seems to teach teachers what is new and exciting for each child, and the teachers are awakened to a realistic HOPE that all children can learn and that teachers are a very vital part of that experience. Having experienced only one conference address by Dr. Levine, his educational tapes and his writings, I became hooked on the practical strategies and techniques for different minds. I fought for the “demystification” for children and their parents, and the glorious energy found in liberating the learning of others. To think that a philosophical and pragmatic approach could give so many students the freedom to learn is amazing! Thank you for all that you do to remain current in the neurodevelopmental world, so that those, working with children in their own families and in educational settings, can create positive outlooks to the future. I was in public education for 37 years using this organization as a resource, and now as an adjunct professor it remains a recommended resource for my post-graduate students. Thank you for remaining fixed on your goal to bring dignity to learning for all!
I worked for many years using the All Kinds of Minds training I received and prior to that, used the ideas from Dr. Levine's books. All in all , I probably spent over ten years studying and using the work. I received a disc that I could use to talk to families at schools and churches and began doing that in workshops and for organizations. When I did consulting work at schools, I always shared the basic information about the program which I was told when trained I was encouraged to do. Then, one day , I unexpectedly was told I was having my password revoked and the organization cut me off with only an explanation that a school that I had worked with in Michigan reported me to them. Despite the evidence I provided to the contrary , AKOM cut me off without even so much as a phone call where I could discuss this with them. I would have to say that this organization, though using Dr Levine's wonderful ideas, was beyond a disappointment in not "walking their talk" and dealing with things in a human manner. There is not doubt that the way of working with students is one of the best out there and it remains my stance that every teacher deserves this type of helpful training. However, I think it is apalling that I was treated in this manner. The individuals who reported me were angry with me because, as a consultant, I had interveiwed their teachers, at their request, and unfortunately had to tell them some things that would hard to hear for anyone. But that was what they had hired me to do. Currently , at the school in question, NOT ONE teacher remains there , only two years later. And in the process , the employees of the company that hired me are all gone but the owners also. And yet, AKOM chose to believe them and hang me out to dry BEFORE even contacting me to talk and hear from my point of view what had happened. The irony was that I had actually told the company they should contact AKOM, as I had the teachers, to get the training. I had been sending teachers to them for years. Infact, an entire school of teachers in my hometown are now trained in it at my advice years ago. So, I think one should consider these things carefully. Do the organizations we support have more than good things to offer in theory or do they offer them in practice? Tell your story here and help others understand this charity
I have recently been supervising a student in School Psychology and found the website and courses very helpful in schooling her into the neurobiological way of thinking. Thanks for creating the course free for that period.