insights about MOTIVATION – sisu and pearls:: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 5
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insights about MOTIVATION – sisu and pearls:: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 5

Today is National Teacher Day, a part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share the FINAL post about education in this series! Thanks so much for reading along. —- Countries that are education superpowers have one thing in common: they believe in rigor. They agree on the purpose of … Continue reading

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insights about PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT:: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 4
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insights about PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT:: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 4

It’s the 4th snow day we have had in the Northeast – can you believe it? We are having snow of epic proportions.We have enjoyed hosting some board game nights in our cozy place and getting together with friends who can climb over snow banks and drifts to ride out the snow storms together.  I … Continue reading

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insights about THE EDUCATION of TEACHERS:: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 3

The rigor by which teachers are trained and screened before they are thrust out into their living laboratories, classrooms across America, differs quite a bit from the proceedings of countries such as Finland. In fact, the respect for early life and desire for kids to not only survive but do well begins at birth. I … Continue reading

insights about MATH:: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 2
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insights about MATH:: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 2

Think back to your school days: was math difficult for you to learn? Was it your least or most favorite class? Do you still struggle with math? Here’s a tidbit about math and the long-standing implications of NOT getting the best math education as a child. Introducing, math: Math had a way of predicting kids’ … Continue reading

insights about :: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 1
Adventure in Normal Life / book reviews / intellectual

insights about :: the smartest kids in the world:: Part 1

I began reading this book, “the smartest kids in the world: and how they got that way”  by Amanda Ripley several months ago, back when our AC units were roaring in the background, our Zoku popsicle maker was filled with fruity layers in our freezer, and I needed to layer sunscreen instead of scarves on my … Continue reading