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

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By Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

"Every scholar is a genius," announces writer Thomas Armstrong, and an educator's most vital task is to find and nurture the "genius traits" that each one scholars have been born with yet that could not be seen. Urging readers to seem past conventional understandings of what constitutes genius, Armstrong describes 12 such characteristics: interest, playfulness, mind's eye, creativity, ask yourself, knowledge, inventiveness, energy, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, and pleasure. He cites learn in quite a few fields that helps this broader realizing of genius and explains how affects in the house, the preferred media, and the college itself "shut down" the genius in scholars. Combining considerate insights and useful details, Armstrong deals guiding ideas to assist educators wake up genius within the classroom--beginning with awakening the genius in themselves. Readers will locate dozens of instructed actions and precious assets to supply "genius reviews" and create a "genial weather" within the lecture room. moreover, feedback for additional examine on the finish of every part offer beginning issues for private mirrored image and progress. because it celebrates the capability brainpower ready to be unlocked in study rooms in every single place, Awakening Genius within the school room evokes educators to examine their scholars from a special point of view and to reinvigorate their educating with a brand new feel of pleasure and probability. the end result, Armstrong concludes, may expand some distance past the study room and remodel not just our faculties, however the complete global.

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I knew then that W-A-T-E-R meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. . I left the well-house eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought. As we returned to the house every object which I touched seemed to quiver with life (quoted in Lash 1980, p. 55). Another example from Piaget is his recounting of the memories of a mathematician friend learning about number theory as a five-year-old: He was seated on the ground in his garden and he was counting pebbles.

These attitudes of mind—or qualities of genius, as I’ve chosen to call them— may be as essential to the ultimate success of many extraordinary individuals as other factors in their biographies, and perhaps even more so. ” Having their origins in childhood, such qualities of extraordinary people need to be given special value by educators when they occur in the lives of so-called ordinary children and adolescents. Phenomenological Basis A fourth foundation stone for the 12 qualities of genius emerges from research studies documenting how individuals in the act of learning something new directly experience these qualities.

I left the well-house eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought. As we returned to the house every object which I touched seemed to quiver with life (quoted in Lash 1980, p. 55). Another example from Piaget is his recounting of the memories of a mathematician friend learning about number theory as a five-year-old: He was seated on the ground in his garden and he was counting pebbles. Now to count these pebbles he put them in a row and he EVERY STUDENT IS A GENIUS 23 counted them one, two, three up to ten.

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