A Mind at a Time (by Mel Levine)
The purpose of this assignment is for you to be able to:
Clearly articulate the importance of each neurodevelopmental construct, its role on the
developing brain, and its role in the school setting
AND.. to make personal reflections & connections with the content covered in the
You will summarize your reactions to and understanding of A Mind at a Time. You will be
responsible for reading chapters 1-9 and providing 6 reflective analyses related to the chapters.
Below are guiding questions. Look at the guiding questions and prepare written responses that
answer the questions. Your responses should NOT be in a question-answer format but a welldeveloped response that is reflective. Responses should be approximately one-two pages
(double spaced) in length.
Full credit is based on (a) evidence that you have read the chapter; and (b) personal
reaction/reflection/connection to the content of the chapter.
These responses are all submitted through Canvas. Please be sure to check the due dates for
the assignments. When you submit your reflection through Canvas, please title your entry
with YOUR NAME!
No late work is accepted during this VERY FAST summer session! Please dont ask.
DUE July 24th
Reflection #1: (based on your reading of chapters 1 and 2 of A Mind at a Time)
Dr. Levine presents a strong case that we are not all generalists who are skilled in every area of
learning. Rather our minds have strengths and weaknesses. Think about how peoples
individual profiles take shape. Discuss and provide examples. Does this make sense in terms of
your own development or others you know?
DUE August 4th
Reflection #2: (based on your reading of chapter 7 of A Mind at a Time)
The development of childrens motor skills is very important for school success, and there is a
great deal of diversity in development. Think about how children differ in their gross and fine
motor skill development and how this is important in school. Discuss and provide examples.
DUE August 14th (these may be turned in earlier upon completion)
Reflection #3: (based on your reading of chapters 3, 4 and 6 of A Mind at a Time)
We have learned a whole new way of thinking about the important roles of attention, memory,
and sequencing in these chapters! They are incredibly important for children for school success
and for success in ! Understanding of ourselves and our students as they
relate to strengths and challenges in these areas seems so critical for teachers! What stands
out to you as an important insight from reading each of these chapters? Discuss and provide
Reflection #4: (based on your reading of chapters 5 and 8 of A Mind at a Time)
In many ways it seems that a childs ability to use the many functions of language can truly
define a childs success in school. Would you agree with that statement? Dr. Levine discusses
so many aspects of language that are essential to success. Additionally, higher level thinking is
certainly what the ultimate goal is of our school system the ability to think critically and
creatively. What stands out to you as an important insight from reading each of these
chapters? Discuss and provide examples.
DUE Aug 24th (these may be turned in earlier upon completion)
Reflection #5: (based on your reading of chapter 9 of A Mind at a Time)
Making friendships and negotiating social relationships in childhood and throughout the school
years is one of the most significant aspects of a growing childs life. Negotiating various roles
and needs of others, can be very easy for some and extremely difficult for others. After reading
this chapter, what new insights do you have? Why is it important for the teacher to be a careful
observer of the diversity in childrens social skills? What are your thoughts?
Reflection #6: (after completion of A Mind at a Time)
What do you think about Dr. Levines ideas of approaching education using the
neurodevelopmental model? Has this been a meaningful learning experience to be exposed to
this kind of educational model? What would be an important take-away point that you leave
your reading and reflection of this book with?
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