Beyond Intelligence for Book Clubs and Discussion Groups

front cover1Beyond Intelligence works well for different kinds of book clubs and discussion groups. For example, Oscar Peterson Public School in Mississauga is running a series of lunchtime meetings around the book. Toby Molouba, who coordinates this group of teachers, tells us their meetings are generating enthusiasm and stimulating lots of discussion in the community. You’ll see below an adapted version of their schedule of meetings.

We are happy to help you create a plan for your own group, whether you have more or fewer meetings, or different interests. You can invite us to attend one of your sessions—if at all possible, one of us will try to be there!

Beyond Intelligence also makes a great gift for the parents on your list. If you act quickly (December 8), you’ll be able to catch the flash half-price sale at House of Anansi:

Topics for Book Clubs and Discussion Groups

Topic Guiding Questions
Day 1  Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
  • What is a growth mindset? What is a fixed mindset?
  • What behaviours can we model to promote a growth mindset in children?
  • What practical applications and/or every day language convey growth mindset messages?
Day 2 Strengthening the Home/School Relationship
  • What kind of collaborative interaction among parents and teachers is the most productive for kids?
  • In your experience, what home/school practices are most effective?
  • Read the quiz on page 126. What can you work on to help foster children’s education?
Day 3 Understanding and Encouraging Creativity
  • Think about each of the ten decisions for creativity described in Chapter 2. How do you model each of these decisions in your own life?
  • Check out the questions in the quiz on page 47. What do you do to nurture and support kids’ creativity?
Day 4 Pushing Back for Balance
  • How can you ensure there’s ample time in kids’ schedules for unstructured free play?
  • What’s the role of technology—TV, iPads, smartphones, etc.—in kids’ lives? When is it healthy?
  • How can we help children and teens get the technology-free downtime they need to consolidate their learning, reflect, and discover their interests?
Day 5 Helping Kids Thrive
  • Using the questions in the quiz on pages 240-243, consider how you can create an environment where children are encouraged to thrive.
  • What practical strategies and messages can you use on a daily basis to help ensure children’s well-being?
  • How can you best support kids in realizing the promise of happy productivity?


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