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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.

Five Guides for Being with Kids

“Goodbye, Mr. Rick,” said five-year-old Iliana on her way out of school “Goodbye, Iliana.” “You’re the principal.” “That’s right. I am the principal.” “You are in charge of everything.” “That’s right.” ”You can DO anything you want.” Ah. I get … Continue reading

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Adolescence Is Hard

The path is never straight, and the parenting is rarely easy. Susan (19) hates Columbia. Wants to drop out, Considered suicide. Hates therapy and her therapist. Her mother says: “She’s always had trouble making friends. “As a baby, she could … Continue reading

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Trusting the Path of Kharakter

Seventheen-month-old Zoe begins her life as an artist. Zoe’s mother gave her a box of colored chalk, and took her into the back yard. Talking all the while, her mother showed her how to make an apple on one of … Continue reading

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Becoming Your Kharakter

Nothing succeeds like the disciplines of trusting your genius. Kharakter is the imprint that the gods put on your soul at birth. This story contains all the elements of Becoming your kharakter: Dreams, visions, models, Open mindedness to things, events … Continue reading

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Noticing What Matters

In most schools the parent-teachers conversation doesn’t go deep enough. Here’s an example of a conversation that goes deeper: Please follow and like us:

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