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Language Arts Patterns Of Practice Tompkins Summary

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In Language Arts: Patterns of Practice by Gail E. Tompkins, the focus of chapter one is how students learn. Children organize information learned into schemas. A schema is an organizational system in the brain that is broken into three categories: categories of knowledge, what determines a category and what is included in the category, and how they connect to each other. When a child learns something new, it causes disequilibrium of the brain. The children work the new information into one of the schemata so that equilibrium is achieved. Children also use learning strategies to solve problems. Each child has different learning strategies that fit their needs best. Children also need social interactions in order to learn language arts.
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