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Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids

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From two internationally recognized experts in the field of gifted education comes this timely exploration of how best to nurture a childs unique gifts, and set them on a path to a happily productive life in school and beyond.

What is intelligence? Is it really a have or have not proposition, as weve been led to believe? Are some children just destined to fall behind? Dona
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 27th 2014 by House of Anansi Press
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Spelling Bee
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great info, but not much on homeschooling.
Yulia Vasyliv
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Іноді усім батькам потрібна підказка, нагадування про якісь важливі фокуси. Ця книга сподобалася мені тим, що у ній немає поділу на талановитих і не талановитих, що кожна дитина де факто має шанс розвинути свій талант, який у неї точно є. Від цього Автори розповідають про роль батьків у цьому процесі, зокрема щодо школи. Вкотре подумала, що батьки таки добряче недопрацьовують із допомогою дитині із пошуком свого заняття чи інтересу, перекладаючи часто усе на плечі школи. Автори пропонують як ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschooling
This is a must read for every parent and educator. Matthews and Foster really dig deep into the research and case studies that demonstrate why parents need to focus on things other than intelligence. We need to be worrying about our kids' creativity, emotional intelligence, how to manage labeling (gifted, ADD, etc), ways to embrace their differences and curiosities, and so much more. While parents have heard these things for years, it is very easy to fall into the trap of "Are they smarter than ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beyond Intelligence is a book for parents and educators that looks at how we can help create environments that are conducive to learning.

Each of the 10 chapters is about a different concept related to developing your child's intelligence. Concrete examples from their case files are used, and backed up with research in the field.

Topics include:
What is intelligence?
How do we measure it?
Intelligence and creativity
Decision making about schooling
Raising Children to Thrive

Overall, I really enjoyed
Barb Wiseberg
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
Another home run from the team of Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster, authors of Being Smart About Gifted Education.

"Beyond Intelligence" should be at the top of your reading list. There are many books out there that will help you learn how to teach your children manners, ABC's etc.

But this book is different. It's a guidebook for us - the parents - on how to correctly navigate today's world of parenting. The goal isn't to have the "best" child - the goal is to raise a happy, resilient, confident
Karen Leonard
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This is the first book I've read as a parent that deals with school-age development, so there was a lot of information about formal schooling - choosing schools, what parents/teachers/educators can do, the kinds of problems kids have in school (boredom, bullying, etc).

I thought it was well-written and I learned a lot. I'm not sure yet if of how it will change anything I'm doing with my kids. But, I took notes from all the summaries at the end of each chapter (I really liked that they provided
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting

Intelligence alone is not enough. this is a parents' guide to helping your smart kid navigate the challenges that come with intelligence: laziness (everything comes easy or is too boring, lack of ambition and stick-to-it-iveness), peer problems (arrogance, not fitting in, being bullied, being a bully), and ironically, low-self esteem.

Parents have to be supportive, and guide choices, not make them.
Andrea Nair
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
BEYOND INTELLIGENCE is a must-have book for parents. So many important educational and child-development questions are answered here. Ones like, what is the best type of school for my child and how do I foster a love of learning?

I believe parents will value Matthews and Fosters practical approach to growing the natural intelligences we all have.
Lindsay Sawey
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Solid information and practical advice for parents but too many examples & checklists for my liking.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary! The ultimate handbook for your child's education and development, extensive in scope, nuanced, and written in a relaxed friendly manner. Kudos to Dona Matthews!
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book on what it takes to raise kids to be more than intelligent and help them discover their full potential.
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Dona Matthews, PhD, is a developmental psychologist who has worked with children, families, and schools since 1990. In addition to running a private practice with a focus on giftedness and other special needs, she was Executive Director, Millennium Dialogue on Early Child Development, University of Toronto, and founding Director, Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education, City ...more

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