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Awakening the Genius in Every Child
Discovering and Reviving the Natural Motivation that
Exists in All Children at Birth
T...
12 Qualities of Genius
• Curiosity
• Playfulness
• Imagination
• Creativity
• Wonder
• Wisdom
• Inventiveness
• Vitality
•...
Theoretical Foundations
• Every Child is a Genius
– Neurological Basis
– Evolutionary Basis
– Biographical Basis
– Phenome...
Home-miliation
• Dysfunctional Family
• Disadvantaged Family
• Fast-Track Family
• Rigid-Ideology Family
Dysteachia
• Testing and Grading
• Talk and Tedium
• Textbooks and Worksheets
• Tracking and Labeling
Media-ocrity
• Mind-Numbing Violence
• Trivial Content
• Insipid Language
• Stereotypical Images
How to Awaken This Genius
• (Re)awaken Genius in Ourselves
• Provide Simple Experiences
• See Genius in Many Colors
• Crea...
The Eight Intelligences
 Word SmartWord Smart
 Logic SmartLogic Smart
 Picture SmartPicture Smart
 Body SmartBody Smar...
Create a Genial Climate
• Freedom to Choose
• Open-Ended Exploration
• Freedom from Judgement
• Honoring Every Child’s Exp...
Learning
is a broad, holistic experience that begins early in the life course
During the first 3 years, the early foundati...
Nutrition Can Impact
Early Brain Development & Learning
• Early childhood is a critical period for cognitive,Early childho...
Key Contributors to Learning
• Key contributors to learning impacted by nutrition include:
Perception Cognition Physical V...
Role of Nutrients that Support
Learning
Key
Contributors
Nutrient
Associated
Processes
Structural Impact Functional Benefi...
Resources
Thomas Armstrong, Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius. New York: Putnam/Tarcher, 1991.
Thomas Armstrong, Awake...
Contact Information
• Email: thomas@institute4learning.com
• Website: www.institute4learning.com
• Blog: http://institute4...
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Handouts March 22, 2014 - Singapore - SmartKids Asia Expo, Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius

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These are handouts for a presentation I'm doing today for the SmartKids Asia Expo 2014 held at the Singapore Expo, on the topic Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius. The event was sponsored by Wyeth Nutrition Singapore.

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Handouts March 22, 2014 - Singapore - SmartKids Asia Expo, Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius

  1. 1. Awakening the Genius in Every Child Discovering and Reviving the Natural Motivation that Exists in All Children at Birth Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. (www.thomasarmstrong.com) SmartKids Asia - 2014 Singapore Expo Hall 5 March 22, 2014
  2. 2. 12 Qualities of Genius • Curiosity • Playfulness • Imagination • Creativity • Wonder • Wisdom • Inventiveness • Vitality • Sensitivity • Flexibility • Humor • Joy
  3. 3. Theoretical Foundations • Every Child is a Genius – Neurological Basis – Evolutionary Basis – Biographical Basis – Phenomenological Basis
  4. 4. Home-miliation • Dysfunctional Family • Disadvantaged Family • Fast-Track Family • Rigid-Ideology Family
  5. 5. Dysteachia • Testing and Grading • Talk and Tedium • Textbooks and Worksheets • Tracking and Labeling
  6. 6. Media-ocrity • Mind-Numbing Violence • Trivial Content • Insipid Language • Stereotypical Images
  7. 7. How to Awaken This Genius • (Re)awaken Genius in Ourselves • Provide Simple Experiences • See Genius in Many Colors • Create a Genial Climate
  8. 8. The Eight Intelligences  Word SmartWord Smart  Logic SmartLogic Smart  Picture SmartPicture Smart  Body SmartBody Smart  Music SmartMusic Smart  People SmartPeople Smart  Self SmartSelf Smart  Nature SmartNature Smart
  9. 9. Create a Genial Climate • Freedom to Choose • Open-Ended Exploration • Freedom from Judgement • Honoring Every Child’s Experience • Believing in Every Child’s Genius • Supporting Optimal Nutrition
  10. 10. Learning is a broad, holistic experience that begins early in the life course During the first 3 years, the early foundations of learning – including language & visual development, reasoning, memory and problem solving – are established Optimal growth and development early in the life course can serve to prepare children for lifelong learning and later accomplishments in school and beyond. ““Good health and nutrition are needed to achieve one’s fullGood health and nutrition are needed to achieve one’s full educational potential because nutrition affects intellectualeducational potential because nutrition affects intellectual development and learning ability”development and learning ability” - World Health Organization (WHO) Information Series on School Health
  11. 11. Nutrition Can Impact Early Brain Development & Learning • Early childhood is a critical period for cognitive,Early childhood is a critical period for cognitive, social and emotional growth.social and emotional growth.
  12. 12. Key Contributors to Learning • Key contributors to learning impacted by nutrition include: Perception Cognition Physical Vitality • Described as perception through sensory development • A child employs all 5 senses to form their perception of the world around them • Described as the ability to think and encompasses such intellectual processes as: ̶ Reasoning ̶ Recognition ̶ Problem-solving • Continuous experiences support cognitive development by improving neuronal connections and memory efficiency2,3 ̶ These experiences also facilitate infants to handle more complicated tasks, promote cognitive development, and ultimately help to learn4 • Described as the ability to actively engage in one’s environment and in opportunities to learn • Supported by growth, digestive health, and immunity ̶ Optimal growth & motor development allows child to interact with the world ̶ Proper digestion and absorption ensures bio-availability of essential nutrients ̶ Healthy immune system enables greater opportunity to learn
  13. 13. Role of Nutrients that Support Learning Key Contributors Nutrient Associated Processes Structural Impact Functional Benefits DHA1,2 • Synaptogenesis • Myelin • Global • Visual cortex, retina • Cortex • Supports visual and cognitive development Lutein 2,3 • Antioxidant, filters blue UV light • Retina and macula • Frontal, auditory, occipital cortex, and hippocampus • Supports visual development and may support brain development Choline 1 • Acetylcholine synthesis • DNA methylation • Myelin synthesis • Global • Hippocampus • White matter • Supports brain and memory development High Quality Alpha Protein • Rich source of essential amino acids • Growth and development • Gastrointestinal tract • Supports growth outcomes and gastrointestinal tolerability similar to breast milk fed infants. Reference: Trabulsi study Dietary Fibre (Oligofructose)6 • Promotes growth of bifidobacteria • Gastrointestinal tract • Softens stools and promotes the growth of healthy gastrointestinal bacterial
  14. 14. Resources Thomas Armstrong, Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius. New York: Putnam/Tarcher, 1991. Thomas Armstrong, Awakening Genius in the Classroom. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998. Thomas Armstrong. In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Children’s Multiple Intelligences, 2nd Ed. New York: Tarcher/Penguin, 2000. Marian Diamond and Janet Hopson. Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child’s Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth through Adolescence. New York: Dutton, 1998. David Elkind. The Hurried Child. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1981. Jane Healy, Endangered Minds. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990. Jonathan Kozol. Savage Inequalities. New York: Crown, 1991. Ashley Montagu. Growing Young. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983.. Joseph Chilton Pearce. Magical Child. New York: Bantam, 1980. Teaching Tolerance magazine. Southern Poverty Law Center (400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104).
  15. 15. Contact Information • Email: thomas@institute4learning.com • Website: www.institute4learning.com • Blog: http://institute4learning.com/blog/ • Twitter: @Dr_Armstrong

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