A Practical Guide to Developing Lifelong Learners: Review of TEACH by Dennis DiNoia

Do you long for your homeschooling to be a way of developing lifelong learners? Don't miss this review of a fantastic book that can help you do just that.

“I think that school, in the way we've been doing it, is becoming sort of, well, useless. Now that we have the internet and the ability to look anything up and learn about it, why would we need to learn lots of facts that we don't need? I mean, have you ever had to simplify an equation since you finished college algebra?”

My son made this comment the other night, and my heart soared! It's the way I've tried to teach my kids. My goal has never been to stuff them with facts, but to equip them to learn.

Why is developing lifelong learners so important?

One of the things I've most longed to do throughout my 20+ years of homeschooling is to create independent, lifelong learners.

It doesn't matter how many history facts or science facts my kids can remember or how many classic books they've read. It isn't necessary to me that they can whip out the Pythagorean Theorem at any given moment and use it to solve a problem.

What is critical to me is that they know how to access and learn information when it is needed. I want our homeschool to be successful in developing lifelong learners!

Do you remember every history date you learned in high school? (If you do, you're a unique person.) But can you google any historical event to find out what it was and when it happened? If so, you've learned how to be a learner.

Developing Lifelong Learners With  Teach by Dennis DiNoia

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I'm passionate about this. So, I was super, super excited to read Teach by Dennis DiNoia! You can watch my summary and review of the book here, or keep reading below.

Developing Lifelong Learners With Teach by Dennis DiNoia: About the Book

We know Dennis DiNoia from Mr.D Math-which I've posted about many times. He's a wonderful math teacher, and now he has written this book all about the best ways to help our kids become independent learners. Teach: Creating Independently Responsible Learners is all about helping parents who want to kids who know how to learn independently and continue learning through life.

Drawing on his own experiences as a learner and a teacher, Dennis talks about what an independent learner is and strategies that homeschooling parents can use as they develop independent learners.

He talks about:

  • The importance of understanding that the student is truly the teacher.
  • How and why students should check their own work.
  • Strategies for presenting work.
  • Test-taking strategies that are key for learners to know.
  • Why and how to learn how to think.
  • The importance of doing what you love in life.
  • The benefits of being part of a mastermind group.
  • Functioning as a coach as we teach our kids.

There is also a bonus chapter all about goal setting.

Review of Teach by Dennis DiNoia

Why You Need To Read Teach

If you want to help your kids to be independent learners, you need to check out Teach by Dennis Dinoia. Here are just a few reasons that you have to read this book.

It's short with straightforward, easy-to-read writing.

As homeschool moms, we have all the time in the world to sit around reading large tomes with educational theory and DEEP THOUGHTS, right? (If you do have that kind of time, I need some time-management tips from you!) So, even if you find yourself short on time, you can easily read Teach

The book is ten chapters- and a bonus-of 123 pages in length. The reading is easy and straightforward. The chapters are broken up in short, readable paragraphs. So whether you have time to sit down and think for an uninterrupted stretch or you find yourself grabbing moments between cooking meals, changing diapers, and teaching homeschool lessons, you have time to pick up Teach and read it for yourself.

It's a great balance of educational thought and practical ideas that you can begin using right away.

Have you ever read a great parenting or homeschooling book that had lots of impactful and inspiring ideas? But, somehow, the author never gave any kind of actual advice that you could use in real life? I've read those books.

You won't have that problem with Teach. Dennis DiNoia begins by talking about things he noticed as a math teacher. And he even looks back at his own education to see how some of his ideas about learning began there. But then he moves beyond these observations to give the reader some practical ideas for developing lifelong learners. Teach is a useful book that you can come back to again and again.

Not only will you be developing lifelong learners in your kids, you'll be encouraged to continue your own learning.

Want to know one of the best ways to ensure that your kids become independent lifelong learners? Model it! When you want or need to learn about something, let your kids see. Let them watch you walk through the process of learning.

There are many nuggets throughout Teach that you can draw from to learn about yourself as an independent learner. Chapter five, particularly, is written to be read by the student, and Dennis DiNoia advises the adult to be the student as they read this chapter. There are other truths through the book that will cause you to look at yourself as the learner as well. And, what better way to keep learning and inspire your kids with you as a model!

Review of Teach by Dennis DiNoia

Pick up your copy of Teach and start developing lifelong learners today!

Currently, you can grab a paperback copy of Teach for just 14.95. And, until June 15, you can get the e-book version for just .99!

Teach by Dennis DiNoia

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