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This is a detailed, practical guide to help parents (and teachers) understand how different personality types learn best, and includes a personality quiz. The techniques parents learn in this book series will teach them specific, research-backed, actionable strategies amassed from nearly 100 reference texts with respect to how to create a learning environment that allows their kids to excel and develop confidence in their abilities, how to support and encourage their kids' education in ways that are best for him or her, and how to teach kids the strategies that help them each play to their individual learning strengths. The book reveals how each of the eight personality types naturally gets organized, gets motivated, approaches new concepts, Learns in groups, takes notes and files knowledge, tackles homework and test prep, and handles success and failure.

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Jen Lilienstein is the author of the award-winning Playbooks for Learning book series and Founder of Kidzmet.com'a website dedicated to helping parents and teachers understand how kids learn best. At home, she practices what she preaches in her Playbooks for Learning with her daughter (an Extraverted Intuitive) and son (an Introverted Sensor) who are as different as yin and yang.

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kas, October 26, 2013 (view all comments by kas)
***Practical Tips for the Individualized Needs of Children - Useful!***

There is a lot to like about Jen Lilienstein's book. First of all, it's based on the foundational idea that all children are different learners. Insights into the child's personality, whatever typology is used to describe differences as far as they are explored, would seem to be a source of valuable insight into how to maximize that child's learning. A Parent's Playbook for Learning does a great job of mining the gold of that concept for the reader. Lilienstein gives practical advice about a variety of aspects of a child's learning -- consisting substantially of actual concrete strategies and tips parents and educators can try themselves, as well as in the form of more general insights about particular approaches for children with particular traits. I read the book with a certain child in mind and while I had trouble on fixing on which "type" was the best fit, there were definitely traits in a few types I keyed into based on their accuracy. For those traits, I could see that her insights and her suggested approaches seemed smart and well-tailored to the child I had in mind at least.

Perhaps obviously, the usefulness of this book is grounded in its discussion of educationally relevant aspects of personality that are furthermore common enough that I could recognize most (perhaps all, I just don't remember whether there were any exceptions) by thinking of people I've known. Moreover, I think Lilienstein did a very good job of articulating what each trait looked like, so you could spot it in children effectively. Certainly, the book would be useless if was not consistently successful in this respect.

There was one part of the book that really stuck in my craw, as it were. This would be the fairly extensive discussion of group learning and relevant strategies. I personally think that group learning is best used to teach team collaboration and not traditional academic content. Even assuming a neutral or positive stance on group learning as a pedagogical method among readers generally, Lilienstein's lengthy discussion of related strategies seems to demonstrate her valuation of the method more than it provides tools that every child will frequently draw upon. I may be wrong about that, I admit. If nothing else, it seems weird to give this pedagogy primacy in a book that stresses the needs of children as unique individual learners who need different approaches and not a one-size-fits-all sort of educational approach. Group learning is not fairly described that way altogether, but it doesn't allow for much tailoring to children's needs by informed adults relative to other styles of teaching.

I hope this review is helpful somewhat in deciding whether to read this book. Thank you for reading my thoughts.

Please be advised I received a free electronic edition from NetGalley by permission of the publisher.
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ISBN:
9780988475793
Author:
Lilienstein, Jen
Publisher:
Kidzmet
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Education-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
266
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.52 in 0.5 lb

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