In this book, Armstrong encourages a renaissance of thinking about the true meaning of genius. He defines human genius from the standpoint of education as “giving birth to the joy in learning.” Starting with a fresh look at how we observe genius in ways other than IQ tests, Armstrong creates a list of twelve innate qualities which describe the generative, expressive manifestation of genius that we can see (or restore) everyday in a classroom.
Armstrong provides remedies that call for teacher modeling of their own joy of learning. He provides a list of practices to provide simple genius experiences in the classroom. His suggestions help to counter the often-damaging effects of scripted curriculum, and standardized grading and testing along with other factors that degrade the love of learning. He provides a rich repertoire of research and specific, realistic and practical resources to develop your own plans to encourage the expression of genius in your classroom.
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Classroom culture is a mysterious mix with no recipe and yet it is the special sauce for a happy curriculum and student learning. Refresh your teaching as you learn more about enhancing a culture of thinking in your pre-K-12 classroom. Review the 8 familiar forces which focus students on learning vs. work and build a supportive matrix with your colleagues while you do it. Text $16 at Amazon.