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


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Volume #8   Issue #17

ISSN: 0219-7642    Mar 21, 2010

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Everyone needs motivation to perform something in life. Your children are no different. In fact, your children need better motivational levels early in their life to succeed in their classroom and out of it. Children get their drive from an internal or external source. All children are different when it comes to their motivational levels. Some are extremely well motivated to achieve their goals while others need a constant urge or push to show tangible results. Some of them may need rewards and constant support from parents and teachers to finish their homework while others do not need any push or urge. Whatever the case, motivation is the most important and critical parameter that decides the future of your children.

Motivation can be extremely infectious. People who work out of sheer motivation can develop a great work ethics and culture. In fact, when your children become successful in reaching one goal, they will be setting the ball rolling for another important goal to be reached or achieved. Parents will need to urge and cajole their children to develop an intrinsic motivation to achieve many things life. Parents and teachers can be decisive driving forces to guide their children towards success. No one can deny the fact that parents are the first real teachers who can make their children better both in their classroom and in life. Have a nice day.

Thought for today:
"Success doesn't come to you.  You go to it." - Marva Collins

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Andrew Loh
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Motivating Children to Achieve - Basics
Motivation helps your children perform better both in classrooms and out of it. Motivation is a critical requirement for everyone including your children!

Motivating Children to Achieve - Practical Methods
Teaching motivation techniques to your children is quite challenging. Motivation is invisible and it is a perception as well. To teach achievement motivation to your children, you will need to touch this perception first before attempting to do anything else. A number of methods and techniques assist you teaching achievement motivation to your children.


Q1: an you please tell me why is there so much controversy over the use of "Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale" with children? Thank you.

A: Let me start with some bit of history to understand the controversy better. As is known, Lewis Terman and his colleagues designed the Stanford-Binet which was developed by Alfred Binet. The scale was specifically designed to identify extremely advanced children. As such, no other individual intelligence test was designed with the above intent, and other intelligence tests constructed were not able to capture the full strengths of the abilities of highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted children.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Controversy over the Use of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale here.

Q2: My child is in third grade and was just tested for the gifted program, this is her first year in the public school. She previously attended a private school and we moved her because my husband and I felt for the past couple of years she has not been challenged enough. She scored a 128 on the test and my question is would she have done better if for the past couple of years she was challenged? .....

A: Gifted children obviously need to be challenged, otherwise they may not develop to their full potential. Having said that, if they are getting reasonable exposure and learning, the scores may not be much higher. IQ tests differ from achievement tests as it tests children of cognitive ability rather than academic content closely related to school learning.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Challenging Gifted Child for Higher Scores here.


Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve
By Janine Walker Caffrey, Ed.D

Expert advice on helping children, teens, and young adults become self-starters, successful learners, and involved citizens of the world. The quality of drive provides the momentum for a person to dream and achieve, creating a unique, independent life. Without it, a person is like a rudderless boat, drifting around a flat lake.

In Drive, nationally renowned educator Dr. Janine Caffrey shows how to inspire your children and develop this vital characteristic. How do I get my child excited about learning? To enroll in a good college? To move out of the house? To create his own life? Designed to assist parents, educators, and counselors to get kids of all ages off the couch and into the world, Drive outlines nine specific steps proven to beat boredom and foster self-motivation and resourcefulness.


The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child
By Richard Lavoie

Richard Lavoie's work has become a centerpiece in teacher preparation curriculum across the United States. The principles espoused by Lavoie in this book are testimony to what many effective educators have known for a long time: in learning, often the journey is just as important as the destination. This is a must-read for anyone connected with the field of education.

Rick Lavoie reminds us on every page that we all possess the power to shape a child's future. The Motivation Breakthrough offers concrete strategies and reveals the most powerful and effective secrets for boosting a child's confidence, self-esteem, and motivation.



The great wonders of the infant brain
The National Mar 15, 2010

"Do more experiments on babies" sounds like a dystopian slogan, a tagline for a brave new world, but it has been under way for at least 30 years. Undoubtedly it is a good thing. Since the late 1970s, scientific research on babies has provided remarkable insights into how the world's greatest learning apparatus works.

Teenage brain changes dramatically
Vail Daily Mar 14, 2010

Have you every wondered why your teenager's behavior sometimes defies all rational explanation? Have you every wondered if your kid has brain damage? What could they possibly have been thinking when they acted a certain way? Well, one answer to all those questions is, "they weren't."

Gifted children may require extra care
The Herald Bulletin Mar 01, 2010

Gifted children don't always resemble Albert Einstein by keeping their hair unkempt or talking obsessively about physics. They are regular kids, just like anyone.

Does the 'Gifted' Label Get In the Way of Developing Real Potential?
NY Times Blogs Mar 12, 2010

David Shenk, the author of "The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent and IQ Is Wrong." argues that extraordinary talent and high intelligence are not rare, genetic gifts bestowed on the few but, instead, something to which we can all aspire.

How to identify your child's talents early and help them develop their potential
Tehran Times Mar 10, 2010

As parents of young children we are often guilty of assuming our children are little "mini-me's" who will have the same strengths and talents we did as well as face the same challenges. This, we usually come to learn is often not the case.

While music stirs the spirit and builds confidence
Metro News Mar 16, 2010

Music can stir the soul, but experts say it can also help kids develop into well-rounded adults. Whether flitting out notes on a fiddle or blasting out a B-sharp on the baritone, the rigor and challenge of learning a musical instrument can not only help kids develop their concentration and stimulate their intellectual development, but it can also give them a greater understanding and empathy for others.

Keep children reading for development
Shreve Port Times Mar 08, 2010

A worrisome study by the National Endowment for the Arts points out that the number of high schoolers who read only what they must for read for school - not for pleasure - has doubled in the 20 years between 1984 and 2004.


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