The Child as Unit of Consideration: Language as Learning Lab
From the Fall 2009 Caller
By Roberto Villa
I am fortunate to teach in a school where “each child is the unit of consideration.” This philosophical tenet, as expressed by Ruth Catlin a century ago, is the guiding principle that should govern our teaching. I confess it has taken me almost 25 years to fully understand what it means to teach the whole child, and to develop an eclectic teaching method that addresses the unique ways that our students learn. Over the past 20 years we have learned a lot about multiple intelligences, learning disabilities, and brain research, and this new knowledge has helped teachers (especially the modern language teacher) create and implement a holistic approach to language learning.
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