About Harriett Ball
She is a teacher's teacher, writer, artist, entertainer, and motivator is a former Houston and Austin I.S.D. elementary master teacher and counselor for over 20 years. She has been elected campus "Teacher of the Year" six times, holds the title of "Honorable Mention" in "The Top 10 Excellent Teachers of America" (a national competition sponsored by "Learning Magazine and the Oldsmobile Corporation), and hailed as an outstanding presenter at institutions nationally. She is endowed with a unique technique of using mnemonic teaching strategies that reach and teach 'under-taught' students in their strongest learning mode.
Her ability to inspire and train is evidenced in the results of and evaluations from public and charter schools across the nation, and at the 89 and counting nationally acclaimed KIPP Academies (Knowledge Is Power Program, college preparatory schools), which are named after her song, 'Knowledge Is Power'. The teaching strategies at KIPP Academies have been acclaimed as "the brainchild of Harriett Ball", by David Levin, one of the two KIPP co-founders who were trained to use her skills before the first KIPP Academy came into fruition.
Harriett has been showcased on The Early Show, BET, The Oprah Show, news channels, satellite radio talk-show, Washington Post, USA Today, The Houston Post, Houston
Press, New York Times. She holds a 'Harriett Ball Day' Proclamation from the Mayor and City Council of Galveston, TX for improved performance on state-tests; and honored at 'The Apollo Theater' by David Levin for her contributions to KIPP Academies. She is featured as one of the top presenters in the book, "Teachers: The Enlightened, the Excellent, The Extraordinary" by John Yow.
Harriett is a repeat presenter/trainer for KIPP Academies, Teach For America Corps, C-PAL of Texas Southern University, CDL (Center for Dev. Learning), VLI (Visionary Leaders Institute), BAEO (Black Alliance for Educ. Options), NABSE, Claflin University, University of Phoenix, Catupult Charter Schools, and numerous public and charter schools (Elem-HS) in Texas, Georgia, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Kentucky, DC,
California, S.Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Tennesee, and Michigan.
MATH LANG. MECHANICS
SCIENCE (Hands-On, Gr. 4-Exit Level)
KEYNOTE SPEAKING CHARACTER EDUCATION
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAMS
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE BOWL COMPETITIONS
ORIGINAL PLAY PRODUCTIONS
PRINCIPAL & TEACHER RETREATS / ENERGIZERS
TEST BOOSTER & OVERNIGHT CAMPS / PEP RALLIES
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WITH EVERY KID IN MIND
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As teachers, we MUST reach all students. Finding the teaching styles that best suit and captivate the interest of each student challenges even the most experienced teachers. Just as deaf and blind students learn through their strongest learning modality, all students need to be taught through their strongest modality. Since no group of students learn the same way, teachers need to develop "multi-sensory teaching" techniques that simultaneously address needs of audio, visual and tactile-kinesthetic (A-V-T/K) learners.
Harriett Ball has created a teaching style that includes all of the learning modes (audio, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic) into each lesson. Now, every student (Regular Ed., Special Ed. and Mainstreamed) has equal access to learning because they are being taught in their strongest learning mode. The state objectives and skills are woven into multi-sensory (whole body) teaching techniques (mnemonics) which are memory enhancements that include rhythm, rhyme, codes, verbal and visual cues, movement, patterns, and story-weaving that evolves around concrete experiences of the students. Mnemonics stimulate and enhance learning across the curriculum and greatly decreases the achievement gap.
If you question whether Harriett's techniques are effective,
take a look at the research below by Caine and Caine, 1994
and Sylwester, 1995 on Brain Based Learning:
Principals of Brain-Based Learning
1. Emotion and attention are the principal preliminary
processes that the brain uses for survival.
2. Emotion drives attention.
3. Attention drives learning and memory.
4. Humans are cooperative and social species.
5. Learners learn by seeking connections to
what they already know.
6. Learners need stimulation and plenty of feedback
during the learning process.
7. The brain seeks patterns.
Tactile-kinesthetic students make up at least 40% of an average class. Students of the 21st century are immersed with media, computers, and inter-active games that focus on stimulating emotions, repetition, competition, fast-paced info, relating the new to the familiar, imagination, movement, rhyme and rhythm. Generally, 'traditional' teaching methods use very little of the above, resulting in low, daily performance. The teaching methods taught in most teacher workshops, colleges and university settings are what most teachers experienced as students and do not meet the overwhelming needs of the tactile-kinesthetic learners.
Therefore, if we keep teaching
the same way,
can we expect different results?
1. Leave NO teacher OR child behind.
2. Unveil and nourish the FearLESS
B.E.A.R.S. and L.I.O.N.S.
Bright Eager And Responsible Students and Staff
Learning In Outrageously Natural Speeds
Eliminate barriers that deny students a safe and
suppportive learning environment.
Provide effective, alternative teaching skills
Reduce teacher and student stress/anxiety
Encourage higher expectations of all
Create a life-long thirst for learning
Build/Create proficient, independent readers who
comprehend what they read
Create a working knowledge of language mechanics to
apply in speaking, writing, and test-taking
HARRIETT J. BALL
MATH (Gr.1-up, At-Risk Students)
'Beathovem' with 'Mathovertours'
ORIGINAL PLAY PRODUCTIONS
SCHOOL SPIRIT CHANTS
RETREAT and CONVENTION PRESENTATIONS
TEST BOOSTERS / PEP RALLIES / OVERNIGHTERS
TEACHER/LEADER/ STUDENT/ PARENT WORKSHOPS
SCIENCE (Gr. 3-Exit) Interactive, Hands-On
ADMINISTRATOR/ TEACHER/ STUDENT/PARENT WORKSHOPS
COACH ALFRED POWELL
MOTIVATION (Gr. K-Exit Students/ Staff/Administrators)
SELF-ESTEEM (Gr. K-Exit Students/ Staff/Administrators)
ADMINISTRATOR/ TEACHER/ STUDENT/ PARENT WORKSHOPS
ADMINISTRATOR, TEACHER, STUDENT, and PARENT WORKSHOPS
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