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Awakening Genius in the Classroom by Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

By Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

"Every pupil is a genius," announces writer Thomas Armstrong, and an educator's most vital activity is to find and nurture the "genius features" that every one scholars have been born with yet which could now not be noticeable. Urging readers to seem past conventional understandings of what constitutes genius, Armstrong describes 12 such features: interest, playfulness, mind's eye, creativity, ask yourself, knowledge, inventiveness, energy, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, and pleasure. He cites examine in quite a few fields that helps this broader knowing 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 functional info, Armstrong bargains guiding ideas to assist educators wake up genius within the classroom--beginning with awakening the genius in themselves. Readers will locate dozens of advised actions and invaluable assets to supply "genius reviews" and create a "genial weather" within the school room. moreover, feedback for additional learn on the finish of every part supply beginning issues for private mirrored image and development. because it celebrates the aptitude brainpower ready to be unlocked in school rooms all over, Awakening Genius within the lecture room evokes educators to examine their scholars from a special standpoint and to reinvigorate their educating with a brand new experience of pleasure and risk. the end result, Armstrong concludes, may perhaps expand a ways past the study room and remodel not just our faculties, however the whole international.

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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.

In one recent study (Csikszentmihalyi et al. 1993) researchers equipped high school students with beepers and told them they would be beeped randomly throughout the school day. When they heard the beep, the students were asked to stop and write down whatever was going on in their minds at the time (they were provided with special forms for this purpose). The researchers beeped AWAKENING GENIUS IN THE CLASSROOM 40 28 students who were engaged in a Chinese history lesson about Genghis Khan’s invasion of China in the 12th century.

The following discussion of negative home influences focuses on four factors that are especially significant: (1) emotional dysfunction, (2) poverty, (3) a fast-paced lifestyle, and (4) rigid ideologies. Often, two or more of these factors combine in a family to make it even more difficult for a child or adolescent to express his or her genius, and they create disruptive patterns of thinking and behavior that kids inevitably bring to school with them. Emotional Dysfunction Some families have parents and other members who are crippled by emotional problems including alcoholism, drug dependence, food disorders, chronic rage, anxiety, and depression.

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