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Awakening genius in the classroom

Author: Thomas Armstrong
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Birmingham, AL, USA EBSCO Industries, Inc. 1998
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Every student is a genius," declares author Thomas Armstrong, and an educator's most important job is to discover and nurture the "genius qualities" that all students were born with but that may no longer be obvious. Urging readers to look beyond traditional understandings of what constitutes genius, Armstrong describes 12 such qualities: curiosity, playfulness, imagination, creativity, wonder, wisdom,  Read more...
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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Armstrong
ISBN: 0871205270 9780871205278 1416603972 9781416603979 0871203022 9780871203021 9781416603986 1416603980
OCLC Number: 704543390
Accession No: (DE-599)HEB420052208 (OCoLC)704543390
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 72-80)
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (ix, 81 pages)
Responsibility: Thomas Armstrong

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"Every student is a genius," declares author Thomas Armstrong, and an educator's most important job is to discover and nurture the "genius qualities" that all students were born with but that may no longer be obvious. Urging readers to look beyond traditional understandings of what constitutes genius, Armstrong describes 12 such qualities: curiosity, playfulness, imagination, creativity, wonder, wisdom, inventiveness, vitality, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, and joy. He cites research in various fields that supports this broader understanding of genius and explains how influences in the home, the popular media, and the school itself "shut down" the genius in students. Combining thoughtful insights and practical information, Armstrong offers guiding principles to help educators awaken genius in the classroom--beginning with awakening the genius in themselves. Readers will find dozens of suggested activities and helpful resources to provide "genius experiences" and create a "genial climate" in the classroom. In addition, suggestions for further study at the end of each section provide starting points for personal and professional reflection and growth. As it celebrates the potential brainpower waiting to be unlocked in classrooms everywhere, Awakening Genius in the Classroom inspires educators to look at their students from a different perspective and to reinvigorate their teaching with a new sense of excitement and possibility. The result, Armstrong concludes, could extend far beyond the classroom and transform not only our schools, but the entire world.

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