Entries by Beyond Intelligence

Helping Kids Handle Terrible Events in the News: 15 Top Tips for Fostering Children’s Resiliency in Times of Trouble

Children’s natural worries can intensify when they hear about terrorism, floods, diseases, fires, and other disturbing events. The recent deadly shootings in Montreal and Ottawa—two places usually considered safe—remind us of the importance of helping kids cope through troubling times. Times of trouble provide opportunities for parents to help their children learn how to manage […]

Stop Worrying! Six Reasons to Get Over The Amount of Time Your Teenager Spends on Screens

A guest blog by Amy Poeppel There’s no opting out of technology anymore. Despite our nostalgia, determination, and occasional self-righteousness, we are faced with the fact that computers, cell phones, and tablets are as much a part of our lives as food, underwear, and indoor plumbing. When I worked in the admissions department of a […]

An Interview about Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids

In an article posted on June 21 at www.educationnews.org, Michael Shaughnessy interviewed Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster about Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids. He asked some tough questions, including what parents’ responsibilities are for nurturing their children’s creativity and intelligence, what parents can do to reduce kids’ stress around standardized testing, and whether parents (or […]

PISA 2012 Creative Problem Solving: International Comparison of High Achievers’ Performance

A thoughtful close analysis of the creative problem-solving component of the most recent PISA scores, with breakdowns by gender, socioeconomic status, and achievement level. This post compares the performance of high achievers from selected jurisdictions on the PISA 2012 creative problem solving test. It draws principally on the material in the OECD Report ‘PISA 2012 […]

Meeting Diverse Learning Needs: How Parents Can Work toward Changing a Good School to a Great School for All Kids

When a school is already doing a great job with their kids, parents are generally satisfied. However, when change is needed—as in the case of moving toward meeting diverse learning needs—things can get rocky. It’s human to resist change, or feel threatened by it, or believe that a new practice or perspective will disrupt what’s […]

How Parents Can Help Kids Build Their Intelligence

Children don’t start off smart. They become that way over time, with the right kinds of supports and learning opportunities at the right times in their lives. Here are four ways parents can actively participate in their child building a foundation for his or her intelligence: 1.      Appreciate your child’s unique profile of abilities: Recognize […]

Seeing Beyond the Distraction of IQ

In our work with families and schools, we’ve noticed that people sometimes confuse encouraging the development of children’s real-world intelligence—that is, raising smarter kids—and raising their IQs. It’s a distinction worth noting. Here’s why. Intelligence is so much more than a score on a test. Secrets for raising smarter kids include keeping the emphasis on […]

How Comforting Kids When They Fail Can Rob Them of Motivation to Learn, by Luc Kumps

Teachers’ attitudes can have a powerful effect on kids’ motivation. Comforting students when they don’t do well can rob them of their motivation to learn, reduce their likelihood of taking on challenging courses, and lock them into low achievement. If you believe talent is something a person is born with, or not, you’re more likely […]

Music and Intelligence: Nothing Activates More of the Brain than Music

Although wild claims about ‘The Mozart Effect’ have been debunked, it’s true that music education—when it’s done right—can foster the development of intelligence.  Scientists and intelligent consumers are justifiably sceptical of claims that music increases children’s intelligence. ‘The Mozart Effect’—claims that listening to certain kinds of music, such as Mozart’s sonatas, made children smarter— became […]