"Let Me Learn" helps teachers reach students

By DENISE JEWELL, Staff Writer

English teacher Melissa Williams never used to assign many hands-on projects to her ninth-grade students.

After discovering that she was gearing her projects to students who learn the same way she did, she started to alter her lesson plans to reach more students.

Williams was one of 70 teachers at Delsea Regional High School district who have taken a course to better understand the way students learn.

"It helped me understand who I am, which in turn makes me a better teacher," Williams said.

School administrators say the program -- called Let Me Learn -- helps teachers identify the differences in the way students learn and implement strategies to reach each student's potential.

"The biggest issue is that, while we spend a lot of time teaching a child, we don't start with understanding how the child learns," said Christine Johnston, director of the Center for Advancement of Learning at Rowan University.

"Teachers tend to teach in the way that they learn and not always recognize that children have different learning patterns," Johnston said. Last year, 40,000 children and adults in the United States and Canada were introduced to the program.

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Date Published: Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 11:22