As students file into Jace Dutweiler’s Flex Time technology period at Logan Elementary School in Logan Township, they grab kits of Legos and begin to build elaborate projects. Inspired by concepts in The Shut-Down Learner, by Richard Selznick, PhD, for 30 minutes each day this “special” period allows students to show personal gifts that may not show in the regular classroom.
Based on a book by Richard Selznick, PhD, Director, Cooper Learning Center, called “The Shutdown Learner,” the program aims to find strengths in children and allow them to explore them, rather than a constant focus on test taking and scores.
Richard Selznick, Ph.D., Director of the Cooper Learning Center, wrote an article featured in Calgary’s Child about seven strategies to help a child who is struggling academically in school. Several tips for addressing or preventing shut-down learners include open and positive communication with your child, understanding and identifying the problem, and finding someone to act as a school mentor.
In its fifth year, The Cooper Summer Reading Institute at the Lanning Square School is keeping kids academically connected through a fun and friendly summer reading camp. On Thursday August 5, the program was showcased to the community.
Richard Selznick, Ph.D., Director of the Cooper Learning Center, wrote an article featured in the Great Schools Newsletter about seven strategies to help your child climb from struggles to success. Shut-down learners are children who become academically discouraged and disconnected from school over time.