The Building Blocks of Learning

The Building Blocks of Learning is a framework for explaining why children experience different learning and/or behavioral difficulties associated with the classroom.  It was developed by Nancy Mather, Ph.D. and Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. to provide a bridge between research and educational practice to help students in a practical way.  The framework provides a structure to look at a student’s areas of strengths and weaknesses so that information can be effectively organized to make decisions about interventions, modifications, and accommodations.

The following information was taken from observations and testing results provided during the evaluation process and assessed through the “Blocks” framework.  The “Blocks” are arranged in a triangular fashion with foundational skills forming the base, symbolic skills forming the second layer, and conceptual skills forming the highest level of blocks.  Click on the link below to see the building blocks for learning chart as a resource for further understanding of a student’s learning patterns and for educational therapists or other educational professionals to target functional skills to address the student’s needs.