Nurture Shock: Chapter 5 – The Search for Intelligent Life in Kindergarten

I must apologise for neglecting this series of blog posts that I promised to write about.  I have been rather distracted by the arrival for Gareth.  Anyway, here we are at Chapter 5 of Nurture Shock which is about the ability to predict a child’s superior intelligence while in kindergarten.  A lot of children areContinue reading “Nurture Shock: Chapter 5 – The Search for Intelligent Life in Kindergarten”

Can You Never Tell a Child He’s Smart?

Ever since I read about “The Inverse Power of Praise” I have been acutely aware of how I praise Gavin.  At the same time, I am also aware of how others praise Gavin.  Although I know the importance of focusing my praise on his efforts, many others are still praising his innate intelligence.  So oftenContinue reading “Can You Never Tell a Child He’s Smart?”

5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid

Further to my previous post on raising smart kids, I thought it was interesting to note Gavin’s behaviour when he plays with his shape sorter. I first introduced the shape sorter to Gavin when he was ten months old.  He learned pretty quickly how to fit the circle into the round hole and subsequently, theContinue reading “5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid”

How to Raise a Smart Kid

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, or, if you read the “Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance“, it is “1% inspiration, 29% good instruction and encouragement, and 70% perspiration”. Indeed, science is telling us to forget about in-born genius, special talents and other innate qualities that we believe to be responsible for creatingContinue reading “How to Raise a Smart Kid”