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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #9   Issue #24

ISSN: 0219-7642    June 12, 2011

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All of us know about the role of a mother in raising her children and the family as a whole. Now, what is the exact role of a father in a family? What role does he play in life? How does he support the day-to-day needs of the family?

In all reality, fathers are the main pillars of the family especially in running it from the background and from behind the screen. A father may not know how to raise a baby. He may not even know how to change a diaper! However, he remains the backbone of the family in times of immediate needs, crises and difficulties.

A father needs as much recognition and rewards as a mother gets in her life. As Father's Day approaches us, let us all salute a father's role in supporting a family. After all, sons (even daughters) need someone to ride on their backs or pick up a dogfight, to bring that rare moment of relaxation. Fathers in the family are those “someone” and they can easily carry out a number of sundry tasks to help the ever-busy spouses. Happy Father's Day!

Thought for today:
"One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters." - George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640

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Andrew Loh
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Gagne's Theory of Learning - Part I
Gagne is one of the foremost learning experts in the world. His theory of learning is practical and working just because it uses a series of different steps that relate to learning by doing.

Gagne's Theory of Learning - Part II
Gagne's theory of learning is a wonderful way to teach and train children in the most practical manner possible. Parents and teachers can use the nine different steps of the learning process to teach different lessons in an efficient manner.


Principles of Instructional Design
By Robert M. Gagne, Walter W. Wager Katharine Golas and John M. Keller

This pioneering text describes a rationally consistent basis for instructional design, based in cognitive psychology and information-processing theory. The authors prepare teachers to design and develop a course, unit, and module of instruction, outline the nine stages of instructional design procedure, and integrate current research and practice in the movement toward performance systems technology.

The Fifth Edition of PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN emphasizes the social and cultural context of learning, learner-centered principles, and the affordances of new technologies and learning environments.


Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice
By Robert E. Slavin

This edition continues to have in-depth, practical coverage with a focus on the intentional teacher by presenting up-to-the-minute research that a reflective, intentional teacher can apply. The eighth edition of this popular text from renowned educational psychologist Robert Slavin translates theory into practices that teachers can use in their classrooms with a further inquiry into the concept of intentionality.

An “intentional teacher,” according to Slavin, is one who constantly reflects on his or her practice and makes instructional decisions based on a clear conception of how these practices affect students.



A new pattern of thought
The Star June 12, 2011

Intelligence alone isn't enough as we need to fine tune our thinking skills to maximise the potential of the brain to innovate and succeed.

The value of EQ
The Nation June 10, 2011

When we were young, a high intelligence quotient (IQ) usually helped in easy enrollment at a high quality university or college. Moreover, people with a high IQ tended to get first jobs faster and easier. But the easy ride didn't always last, and high-IQ students often failed to achieve a high position. What happened to these intelligent people?

Boot Camp for Boosting IQ
WSJ June 11, 2011

Can we make ourselves smarter? In recent decades, scientists have accumulated increasing evidence that our intelligence, at least as measured by the IQ test, is sharply constrained by genetics. Although estimates vary, most studies place the heritability of intelligence at somewhere between 50% and 80%. It's an uncomfortable fact, but not all brains are created equal.

Taller children will grow smarter, claims IQ test study
FunEducation June 9, 2011

Children who grow taller, grow smarter - and scientists now believe they know why. Researchers at the University of Bristol have shown that there is a link between a child's IQ and the level of growth hormone circulating in their blood, which determines the speed at which they arrive at their final adult height. This could explain why some shorter children do worse at school. Taller children often have higher IQs and short children treated with growth hormone have seen their IQs improve.

Backyard bliss: why a rumble with dad is wise
SMH June 11, 2011

He found fathers who participated most wholeheartedly in wild but good-humoured rough play were more likely to rate positively their children's usual behaviour and social skills. This suggested these children were better able to govern thoughts and emotions and was a first step towards quantifying the special role of fathers in helping children develop coping skills through exploration and testing limits.


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