About Beyond Intelligence
Dona Matthews, PhD, and Joanne Foster, EdD, authors of the award-winning Being Smart about Gifted Education, and several other titles, are experts on children’s optimal development and education. Our work focuses on children who love to learn, and those who don’t. We provide information and resources for parents and educators who want to provide the necessary supports in the learning process– guidance, challenge, and encouragement.
In this blog, we write about intelligence and more, sharing ideas and practical tips for helping parents raise happily productive kids. We recognize that intelligence matters, but not necessarily in the ways it’s traditionally been defined and understood. Beyond IQ, there are many different kinds of intelligence, as well as other attributes that are important to success and fulfilment in life–attributes like creativity, resilience, character, and confidence.
For more, go to:
Beyondintelligence.net – a website for parents who are interested in raising happily productive kids, and teachers who want to do their best to support high-level development in all children.
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For recent blogs by Dona Matthews, go to Going Beyond Intelligence at Psychology Today For recent blogs by Joanne Foster, go to Fostering Kids’ Success at The Creativity Post
Children and teens can experience social challenges at any point during the school year. Social context—including opportunities for interaction and collaboration with others—makes an enormous difference in what and how much children learn, and how quickly that happens. People who are able to get along well with others do better in academic, personal, and professional […]
We’re giving away 48 author-signed copies of Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids to schools across Canada and the United States. We invite parents and teachers to send us an email addressing the topic, “How my school will benefit from Beyond Intelligence.” Many groups of parents and teachers have used Beyond Intelligence to […]
Self-confidence is a worthwhile goal for parents to hold for their kids, and while parents are right to think they can have an impact on their kids’ developing self-confidence, there are two widespread misconceptions that can stand in the way of that: Misconception # 1. People are either confident or insecure. In reality, very few […]
So much is changing all at once for teenagers—their bodies, feelings, brains, perspectives, identities, relationships with others, and more. During early adolescence most kids begin to spend more time with friends than with family. They can appear to reject their parents’ values, and seem not to need or want much by way of their parents’ […]
As children think about starting back to school, they often have questions, and so do their parents. Here are some ideas that will ease your child’s return to the classroom at the end of the summer. Plan ahead for the basics. Make sure your child has what he needs for school success: the necessary supplies, […]
What is intelligence? Do IQ tests measure it? What can parents expect by way of results and interpretation? What should parents tell their kids about the results? How do test results help in deciding on an educational program? These are some of the thorny questions parents ask us about testing and their kids. It’s a […]
Beyond 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 […]
“There’s nothing quite as powerful as listening to a child, reading to her, communicating with her, and staying attuned to her individual needs.” (Beyond Intelligence, page 1) The American Academy of Pediatrics is now asking 62,000 pediatricians across the United States to talk to parents about the importance of reading to their kids, starting from […]
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