- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: House of Anansi Press (August 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770894772
- ISBN-13: 978-1770894778
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emphasizing the latest research, two experienced educators explore the many different ways that children learn and how best to encourage their intelligence, creativity, and interests to help them thrive socially and academically. Matthews and Foster cite recent studies that indicate that intelligence is an ongoing and fluid attribute and that tools for measuring intelligence can help parents and teachers recognize kids' strengths and weaknesses; however, they stress that these are not necessarily predictors of success or happiness. The authors describe how parents and teachers can tailor educational methods to children's individual interests and learning styles, offering checklists and sections called "our secrets." They also advise readers on how to choose appropriate schools and handle bullying. Real life examples and personal anecdotes add interest to the academic discussion. Inspiring and informative quotes are interspersed throughout, and leading educators are referenced with valuable endnotes (though the book lacks a bibliography). A solid addition to parenting and professional collections.—Jackie Gropman, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, VA
"Full of valuable information for those who seek to better understand gifted children. . . . Here is a book that is rich, real, readable, respectful, researched, refreshing an excellent resource." New Jersey Association for Gifted Children
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BEYOND INTELLIGENCE:
"What a terrific guide for parents seeking to help their daughters and sons make the most of their potential! ... I applaud the authors for unpacking and liberating the concept of 'intelligence,' how to cultivate it and the other human qualities that make it worth having--and how to transcend what are too often viewed as its constraints." - Chester E. Finn. Jr., President of Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C.
"Beyond Intelligence is a must-read book for parents, educators and professionals. Matthews and Foster provide an erudite yet personal and compassionate perspective on how to promote children’s intelligence and help them overcome obstacles in order to be more resilient and successful in life. If you want to help children be smart AND happy, read this book!" - Tracy Dennis, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Hunter College, City University of New York; and parent
"Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster present parents with an evidence-based sweet spot between tiger mom and creative laissez-faire. Find advice on how to raise a child who is both disciplined and flexible, both wisely compliant and confident in one’s own path." - Rena Subotnik, PhD, Director of the American Psychological Association Center for Gifted Education Policy, Washington, DC
"Interesting, thought-provoking, relevant, and instructive. A great read! Congratulations on another wonderful book!" - Judy Winberg, education counsellor, past president Children’s Aid Society, and parent
PRAISE FOR BEING SMART:
Matthews and Foster integrate an understanding of the best research practices with anecdotes representing real life experience of gifted individuals, creating a book that is filled with references to empirical studies while at the same time appealing to a broad audience . . . The text is an enjoyable read: gifted educations and teachers will find this book a valuable addition to their personal libraries.” Roeper Review
Recommended for parents and classroom teachers who are just beginning their association with gifted children as it is a solid survey of the multifaceted topic of gifted education.” Gifted Child Quarterly
Full of valuable information for those who seek to better understand gifted children, educational programs for gifted children, and testing. Here is a book that is rich, real, readable, respectful, researched, refreshing an excellent resource.” New Jersey Association for Gifted Children
Being Smart has become even smarter in its second edition. This is an essential book for anyone interested in gifted education.” Jim Borland, Columbia University
Talent is transformed into high performance through a willingness to try, invest time in guided practice, and persist when tasks are difficult. These authors describe ways to do just that.” Frank Worrell, University of California, Berkeley
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But this book is different. It's a guidebook for us - the parents - on how to correctly navigate today's world of parenting. The goal isn't to have the "best" child - the goal is to raise a happy, resilient, confident child - secure in his family - secure in the knowledge that he will be ready to soar and tackle the world.
The quizzes and checklists throughout the book are especially helpful - as they give a framework for each chapter, and will be helpful when I go back and review them a year from now, to ensure our family is on track.
I believe parents will value Matthews and Foster’s practical approach to growing the natural intelligences we all have.