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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.

“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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I Hate Him

“I hate him,” said Gabby when I asked her to tell me about her teenage son. Please follow and like us:

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Good Parents are Good Leaders (and Never Underestimate Kids)

For best results with our children, parents need to be good leaders. One day, Suzanne said to her five-year-old niece Emma, “My, that is a beautiful stuffed lion you have there.” “I know, I saw it in the store and … Continue reading

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Five Challenges for a Great New School Year

A new school year. Will it be great? Are you looking forward to the challenges? If you are a parent or a teacher I’m jealous. I miss having children around every day. Their absence compromises my education. But maybe you aren’t … Continue reading

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Can Documentation Help Schooling Be an Education?

I never let my schooling interfere with my education. —Mark Twain I’d like your opinion on something:  It seems the system in which we teach has changed over my 50 years in education—not for the better—and the big culprit is … Continue reading

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