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What is genius?

What is Genius? What is the meaning of genius?

Years of exposure to this kind of teaching drew me to the original meaning of the word genius:” something each of us has rather than something a few of us are. How to teach all those learning styles? How to make diversity work? How to keep kids from cheating? Bullying? Dropping out? How to prepare citizens for democracy and leadership in a complex, changing world? How to get them to love to go to school every day? Treat them as if they each have a teacher within.

Genius: Not a Rare Gift

Gen·ius n 1. The tutelary spirit of a person, place, or institution.

Definition:

Gen·ius n 1. The tutelary spirit of a person, place, or institution.—The New Oxford American Dictionary, 2001

What is Genius? Part 1: Calli’s Love Life

Finding genius is not about finding ability.

Finding genius is not about finding ability. Finding genius is about unlocking the creative potential of the human brain.

Yes, educators should be finding The Genius in Every Child. That’s why I wrote the book. However, the genius we are looking for is the voice of their character, the engine of their curiosity, the source of their creativity, not some “strong natural ability.” Education is not about the strength that is obvious, but the genius that will lead the child to lead the life they are meant to lead.

What is Genius? Part 2: Brian’s First Journey

Genius guides us in the expression of our character and the discovery of our calling. -Rick Ackerly www.GeniusinChildren.org

Transcending strengths and weaknesses, genius  guides us in the expression of our character and the discovery of our calling.

Metastatic Intergrity—a Meditation on Metastatic Melanoma

I just found out I have metastatic melanoma showing up in two small places in my brain, three in my lungs and one in my liver. Yes, melanoma—that notorious killer—has metastasized inside me. I was surprised to discover that I already … Continue reading

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“Small Class Size” Is a Misguided Fetish

“I believe in small class size,” said the politician. All the parents and teachers nodded. Small class: good. Large class: bad, right? No, actually.  Please follow and like us:

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What Parents and Teachers Could Learn from Diplomats

What does it mean to be diplomatic? Don’t skip the niceties. Find common ground. Choose your words carefully. Seek input and be ready to listen. Watch your body as well as your words. Please follow and like us:

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“We Don’t Call Her Weird”

“Snoop’s power is mind control, and his weakness is ants.”  “Glue guns are useful for everything in the world, except for gluing two planets together.”
“This animal is afraid of ketchup.”
“All flies are tiny, except the bigger ones.”
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