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Do You Want to Know How to Raise a Genius?

smart-kid-with-crest Well, read this paper that studied the super smart kids over the last 45 years and you just might be able to raise that genius. Here are some points from a recent article in Nature.
  • Expose children to diverse experiences.
  • When a child exhibits strong interests or talents, provide opportunities to develop them.
  • Support both intellectual and emotional needs.
  • Help children to develop a ‘growth mindset’ by praising effort, not ability.
  • Encourage children to take intellectual risks and to be open to failures that help them learn.
  • Beware of labels: being identified as gifted can be an emotional burden.
  • Work with teachers to meet your child’s needs. Smart students often need more- challenging material, extra support or the freedom to learn at their own pace.
  • Have your child’s abilities tested. This can support a parent’s arguments for more advanced work, and can reveal issues such as dyslexia, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, or social and emotional challenges.
But why not read this paper or at least give it to your gifted child to read. It is worth it. — Prof. Ted Carrick Reference: Clynes T. How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children. Nature [serial online]. September 7, 2016;537(7619):152-155. Available from: MEDLINE Complete, Ipswich, MA.
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