This essay focuses on children’s behaviors in a new light. preferably shared through student-led conferences (see Chapter 7), more frequent
The talent development mindset and language provide new ways to communicate information about student learning to parents and families. The three phases implemented in the classroom represented by the “What Is Talent?” quiz, Talent Aptitude Survey, and talent-targeted anecdotal notes all present opportunities for home–school connections. While the Talent Development Portfolio is the main tool for home–school communication, preferably shared through student-led conferences (see Chapter 7), more frequent “talent communication” through school newsletters or websites is useful in building shared understandings and a
Through the language of talent development, parents/guardians can begin to observe their children’s behaviors in a new light. Children may express each aptitude in ways that we might. They perceive as “negative,” particularly when that aptitude differs. It is from that of our own children. A child with a strong creative aptitude might appear disorganized. It is unfocused, “outrageous,” and a day dreamer, with many projects started and fewer finished. Children with an aptitude for leadership might show their latent.
others in ways that appear bossy or controlling. When we begin to see these “negative” characteristics as manifestations of latent but immature talent potential instead of as a behavior problem, we can take steps to channel strengths into productive pursuits. When both parents and teachers begin to recognize, affirm, and value a child’s strengths, then we are educating with a talent development mindset. Talent Aptitude of the Month Most schools maintain websites and parent/community newsletters. ? Curiosity is the desire to know and learn. To observe curiosity in your child, ask these questions: Does my child . . . •
questions? • Like to observe, explore, investigate? • Seek out new ideas, experiences, and environments? Why is it important to develop curiosity? • How do I encourage curiosity in my child? • Seek out a variety of experiences that can spark new interests. Visit libraries, museums, and historical sites in the community, most of which are free. • Observe your child’s interests and look for ways to encourage him or her. • Allow for “unscheduled” time with freedom to explore. Too many structured activities are curiosity killers. • Cultivate your own curiosity! Start by asking questions that you and your child can explore and investigate together.
firstly, be careful
Further, be straight
lastly, be creative
Lastly, be innovative