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"Every scholar is a genius," broadcasts writer Thomas Armstrong, and an educator's most vital activity is to find and nurture the "genius characteristics" that each one scholars have been born with yet which can now not be noticeable. Urging readers to seem past conventional understandings of what constitutes genius, Armstrong describes 12 such traits: interest, playfulness, mind's eye, creativity, ask yourself, knowledge, inventiveness, energy, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, and pleasure. He cites learn in a number of fields that helps this broader figuring out of genius and explains how impacts in the house, the preferred media, and the varsity itself "shut down" the genius in scholars. Combining considerate insights and useful info, Armstrong deals guiding rules to assist educators wake up genius within the classroom--beginning with awakening the genius in themselves. Readers will locate dozens of prompt actions and precious assets to supply "genius studies" and create a "genial weather" within the lecture room. additionally, feedback for extra examine on the finish of every part supply beginning issues for private mirrored image and development. because it celebrates the capability brainpower ready to be unlocked in school rooms all over the place, Awakening Genius within the lecture room conjures up educators to examine their scholars from a unique point of view and to reinvigorate their instructing with a brand new experience of pleasure and probability. the outcome, Armstrong concludes, may perhaps expand a long way past the study room and remodel not just our colleges, however the complete global.

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Prejudiced individuals, Allport observed, latch onto what is familiar, safe, simple, and definite. The genius of the child, which seeks to be inventive and creative, cannot flourish in such a family, and gives way to a closed and crippled attitude that, tragically, has already led to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the last century. The intent in this description of negative family patterns is not to depress you but to raise your awareness as to how these home experiences function as actual teaching and learning events for the growing child and adolescent.

Like your students, you have probably had your genius shut down by the same kinds of home, school, and cultural influences described earlier, and you need to devote some time to finding it again. Simply being aware of what fills your life with the greatest interest and passion can help to launch this search. What kinds of experiences put you into a “flow state”? Reading books? Painting? Hiking? Listening to music? Sometimes it can be helpful to remember your dreams for clues about what fills you with energy and excitement, or to remember your own childhood and adolescence, when you might have been passionately involved in hobbies, arts, or other activities that you’ve neglected over the years.

Literature in this area does exist and in fact thrives in many parts of education and psychology. However, it remains for practitioners and researchers to collect and frame these experiences into an organized body of work that reflects the 12 qualities of genius or some similar framework. A number of anecdotal accounts provide examples of how the dimensions of genius are expressed. Piaget’s work certainly bears mention since his careful observations of children and adolescents, beginning with his own offspring, hold a central place in the literature of child development and education.

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