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Raising Successful
Children in the 21st
Century
Dr. Shen-Li Lee
Who am I?
How Would You Define a
Successful Child?
○ Intelligent
○ Creative
○ Resourceful
○ Straight A’s
○ Sociable
○ All-rounder
○ Diligent
○ Responsible
○ Resilient
○ ...
Failure
Adversity builds strength of character
Link: The Growth Mindset in Education
Social Skills
Let’s Talk:
How do you help your
child develop social skills?
Social Skills Development
○ Neuro-dramatic Play - Sue Jennings
○ Mindfulness Meditation
○ Sports
○ Music
○ Play - especially mixed ages
○ Reading Fiction
Dysrationalia
○ Not being able to think rationally despite
being intelligent.
○ Affects even people with high IQ scores.
○ Result of: poor thinking strategies, lazy
thinking, personal biases.
○ Teach children “how” to think not “what” to
think
○ de Bono Thinking Hats
○ Critical thinking - RED (recognise
assumptions, evaluate arguments, draw
conclusions)
Link: Why children need to be taught thinking skills
“With many students, it’s not like
they can’t remember the material.
It’s like they’ve never seen it
before.” Henry L. Roediger III, a
psychologist at Washington
University in St. Louis in reference
to students moving on to a more
advanced class.
Making Learning Count
Let’s Talk:
How do we help children
learn better?
Enhancing Learning and
Performance
○ Power posing
○ Spaced learning
○ Interleaving
○ Handwritten notes
○ Gamefication
○ Critical Thinking Skills
○ Sleep
○ Nutrition
○ Brain breaks
○ Avoid multi-tasking
What is more important?
High IQ
or
High Creativity?
Write down as many uses as you
can think of for:
A Brick
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
A Blanket
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Answer from a prodigy with one
of the highest IQs in his school:
Brick
1. Building things
2. Throwing
Blanket
1. Keeping warm
2. Smothering fire
3. Tying to trees and
sleeping in (as a
hammock)
4. Improvised stretcher
Answer from a top student:
Brick
1. To use in smash-and-grab
raids
2. To help hold a house togetehr
3. To use in a game of russian
roulette if you want to keep
fit at the same time (bricks at
ten paces, turn and throw –
no evasive action allowed)
4. To hold the eiderdown on a
bed tie a brick at each corner
5. As a breaker of empty Coca-
cola bottles
Blanket
1. To use on a bed
2. As a cover for illicit sex in the
woods
3. As a tent
4. To make smoke signals with
5. As a sail for a boat, cart or sled
6. As a substitute for a towel
7. As a target for shooting practice
for short-sighted people
8. As a thing to catch people
jumping out of burning
skyscrapers
Creativity Trumps IQ
Testing academic performance on individuals with:
○ High IQ High creativity
○ High IQ Low creativity
○ Low IQ High creativity
○ Low IQ Low creativity
Getting Creative
○ Sleep - dreams
○ Down time - day dreaming
○ Nature - increases creativity by 50%
○ Play
○ Socialising - “creativity does not exist in a
vacuum”
Creativity is not an “aha” moment - it is a
process.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go
after it with a club.” - Jack London
To Sum it up
1. Social Skills
2. Failure
3. Dysrationalia - Thinking strategies
4. Learning Practices
5. Creativity
Raising Successful Children in the 21st Century

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Raising Successful Children in the 21st Century

  • 1. Raising Successful Children in the 21st Century Dr. Shen-Li Lee
  • 3. How Would You Define a Successful Child? ○ Intelligent ○ Creative ○ Resourceful ○ Straight A’s ○ Sociable ○ All-rounder ○ Diligent ○ Responsible ○ Resilient ○ ...
  • 4.
  • 5. Failure Adversity builds strength of character Link: The Growth Mindset in Education
  • 7. Let’s Talk: How do you help your child develop social skills?
  • 8. Social Skills Development ○ Neuro-dramatic Play - Sue Jennings ○ Mindfulness Meditation ○ Sports ○ Music ○ Play - especially mixed ages ○ Reading Fiction
  • 9. Dysrationalia ○ Not being able to think rationally despite being intelligent. ○ Affects even people with high IQ scores. ○ Result of: poor thinking strategies, lazy thinking, personal biases. ○ Teach children “how” to think not “what” to think ○ de Bono Thinking Hats ○ Critical thinking - RED (recognise assumptions, evaluate arguments, draw conclusions) Link: Why children need to be taught thinking skills
  • 10.
  • 11. “With many students, it’s not like they can’t remember the material. It’s like they’ve never seen it before.” Henry L. Roediger III, a psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis in reference to students moving on to a more advanced class. Making Learning Count
  • 12. Let’s Talk: How do we help children learn better?
  • 13. Enhancing Learning and Performance ○ Power posing ○ Spaced learning ○ Interleaving ○ Handwritten notes ○ Gamefication ○ Critical Thinking Skills ○ Sleep ○ Nutrition ○ Brain breaks ○ Avoid multi-tasking
  • 14. What is more important? High IQ or High Creativity?
  • 15. Write down as many uses as you can think of for: A Brick 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A Blanket 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  • 16. Answer from a prodigy with one of the highest IQs in his school: Brick 1. Building things 2. Throwing Blanket 1. Keeping warm 2. Smothering fire 3. Tying to trees and sleeping in (as a hammock) 4. Improvised stretcher
  • 17. Answer from a top student: Brick 1. To use in smash-and-grab raids 2. To help hold a house togetehr 3. To use in a game of russian roulette if you want to keep fit at the same time (bricks at ten paces, turn and throw – no evasive action allowed) 4. To hold the eiderdown on a bed tie a brick at each corner 5. As a breaker of empty Coca- cola bottles Blanket 1. To use on a bed 2. As a cover for illicit sex in the woods 3. As a tent 4. To make smoke signals with 5. As a sail for a boat, cart or sled 6. As a substitute for a towel 7. As a target for shooting practice for short-sighted people 8. As a thing to catch people jumping out of burning skyscrapers
  • 18. Creativity Trumps IQ Testing academic performance on individuals with: ○ High IQ High creativity ○ High IQ Low creativity ○ Low IQ High creativity ○ Low IQ Low creativity
  • 19. Getting Creative ○ Sleep - dreams ○ Down time - day dreaming ○ Nature - increases creativity by 50% ○ Play ○ Socialising - “creativity does not exist in a vacuum” Creativity is not an “aha” moment - it is a process. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London
  • 20. To Sum it up 1. Social Skills 2. Failure 3. Dysrationalia - Thinking strategies 4. Learning Practices 5. Creativity