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Welcome to your first quarterly issue of Evolved Teen! Dear Reader, Evolved Teen was created to empower tweens and teens with practical insight about how to thrive in school and life. Additionally, Evolved Teen educates parents about pertinent issues that students face. We pride ourselves on addressing topics with a F.R.E.S.H perspective. This means that our magazine will highlight topics that align with the following: F - Family R - Relationships E - Enterprise/Entrepreneurship S - Spirituality & School H- Health (Emotional and Physical) As an educator, counselor, and coach with over 20 years of experience, I desired to create a vehicle to share valuable information and resources with students and parents. I have worked in the public school setting, higher education as an Administrator and Instructor, and a government program for Head Start agencies. As such, I have been fortunate to work with students from Head Start to college ages and I have witnessed the transitions that students and families make. I also understand the gaps and challenges. Currently, I coach hundreds of students weekly. We talk about their success and their challenges. My goal is to provide a rich experience and valuable insight here at Evolved Teen magazine. Happy Reading! Jacqueline Escalante Deas, M.A., M.Ed Editor-in-Chief JED

Submissions: (for Evolved Teens) If you know an evolved teen (4th -12th grade) who has made a noteworthy impact in the community, please submit the verified story to info@evolvedteen.com. If you know a young entrepreneur who is making a difference, please submit the story to info@evolvedteen.com. Special Thanks: Parents of our Featured Teen (Vernon and Audra Kirkwood); Sharon Warrington (Jewelry Designer); John Deas, Rita Escalante (Editors) Evolved Teen reserves the right to deny any listing or article that does not meet the Evolved Teen standards. Submissions are welcome. All rights reserved. Copyright 2016, Jacqueline Escalante Deas. Unless otherwise noted, articles are written by the Editor-in-Chief. Thank you for reading Evolved Teen. To read upcoming online magazines for free, please sign up at www.evolvedteen.com. The next magazine will be published December 2016. We welcome your comments and suggestions at info@evolvedteen.com. Hard copies may also be purchased! Evolved Teen is a project of FutureStart Corp., a non-profit 501c3 organization.

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Evolved Teen The Magazine for Tweens, Teens, and their Parents Offering a F.R.E.S.H Perspective

Evolved Teen is a product by FutureStart Corp. Girl (a 501c3 Evolved organization). The magazine with a F.R.E.S.H perspective!

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5 / POWER OF A GOD CHILD Tap into your God power to become a better student 8/ THE BIG BAD WOLF The Cyberbully 16/ TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL Discover what you need to know to survive 6th and 9th grade 21/ HOW ARE YOU SMART? Tap into the genius within and discover your area of intelligence 23/ HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR CHILD’S GENIUS 25/ WHAT’S YOUR LEARNING STYLE? 28/ ARE YOU PASSING YOUR PAST TO YOUR CHILD? (FOR PARENTS)

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A Note of Inspiration for Students from the Editor-in-Chief DON’T GIVE YOUR POWER AWAY In eighth grade, I had a crush on Kevin. He was tall and cute. I hoped that he had a crush on me too. One day he said to me, “Jackie, you are too skinny for me.” I thought, “I can change that. I can put on a few pounds and then he will like me.” I remember going to the store and asking my Dad to buy me some Ensure, a nutritional drink. I told him that I wanted it so that I could get more nutrition. That was not true. I wanted to gain weight. Of course, I was not going to let my Dad know why I was drinking Ensure. What was I supposed to say? “Dad, I like a dude, but he told me that I am to skinny?” Heck no, I didn’t have the courage to tell him that. He would have said, “Are you crazy?” I wanted to spare myself the embarrassment. As I sipped on that nutrition shake for the last time, I had an aha moment! I asked myself, “What am I doing? I am really being stupid!” I realized that I had given away my power!! I am not the only student who has that experience. Most students want to fit in with the crowd and be liked. Sometimes, students are willing to compromise themselves or change who they are so that that can make someone else happy. Some students realized that even after changing, they still did not make the other person happy; nor did they make themselves happy. I learned and they learned; don’t let other students put demands on you to become someone who you are not. Don’t let them control your thoughts about yourself. If they tell you that you are not good enough for them, you don’t need them. They are the weak and insecure ones, not you. As you start school, make a promise to yourself. Promise to fall in love with yourself whether dark, light, skinny or wide; whether short, tall, brown or blue-eyed. Love you! Don’t allow anyone to steal your value or your power! Promise me!!!

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Power of Being a God Child As

For Parents Teach your children how to connect with God at an early age. As young students and adults, they will experience challenges. When your child has faith in someone bigger and more powerful, s/he is more hopeful and confident in God’s ability to help her manage during life’s challenges. Resources for Your Teen The Conversations with God for Teens, 2012 Neal Donald Walsch A Young Woman After God's Own Heart: A Teen's Guide to Friends, Faith, Family, and the Future 2015 Elizabeth George

we sat in a 5th grade class discussing

academic excellence, one student asked Joshua (a student that was well respected by his classmates and teachers) how he managed to get good grades. Joshua gave the student an answer that was unexpected. He said, “Man, everyday I ask God to give me wisdom and guidance. I do my part and study. There are times when I take tests and ask God to help me get the right answer.” Several students looked at him with amazement. One student said, “Hmm. I guess I should try that too!” The reality is this, God longs to help children and adults. You are never too young or too old to receive God’s guidance. Some kids feel that the God thing is not cool. God knows you, your past, your present and your future. God knows all and sees all. Fortunately, you don’t have to be at church to experience or get wisdom from God. Both reality and research support that prayer is beneficial to you. Psychology Today (2014) published the article, “5 Scientifically Supported Benefits of Prayer: What science can tell us about the personal and social value of prayer.” The article noted the following benefits of prayer: 1. Prayer improves self-control. Participants in the study who prayed before a hard task had better self control. Prayer helps energize you. Prayer makes you nicer. 2. Prayer can make you a lot more forgiving of others. 3. Prayer helps you trust more. 4. Prayer helps you manage your stress (especially during test time).

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According to Pederson (2014) in the Spirituality & Health magazine, researchers at Baylor University discovered that people (students) who pray to a loving and protective God are less likely to experience anxiety, worry, fear, and self-consciousness, compared to people who pray but don’t really expect to receive any comfort or protection from God. There is power in being a God Child. Don’t allow others to make you feel weird because of your belief in God and prayer. Remember, God is more powerful than you think. You are also more powerful than you think!

A Prayer for Students Dear God, Help me change my behavior and attitude so that it is pleasing to You. Help me to take responsibility for my own actions so that I don’t blame others. Give me wisdom about how to handle hard situations with my friends at school (bullying, anger, tattling, teasing) and parents at home. Help me to do well in school and understand the subjects that are difficult for me. Show me how to be kind and respectful to others. Help me to demonstrate a lifestyle of sharing and caring for others. Please bless me with wonderful friends who will help me grow 3 and become a better student. Allow me to help them grow and become better as well. Help me to tap into my own strength and power. I TRUST THAT YOU WILL HELP ME BE THE BEST STUDENT THAT I CAN BE!

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Have you ever asked these questions? 1. What should I do after high school? 2. How should I handle the school drama? 3. What should I do if my parents aren’t supportive? 4. What if I don’t like my teacher or she doesn’t like me? 5. Why is my body going through strange changes? 6. How do I handle the crazy bullies? 7. How can I get along better with my parents?


This practical and powerful book gives teens insight on how to handle day-to-day issues with school, family and life! Teens, discover why your parents may act crazy and what your parents are most afraid of (but may not want to tell you). Parents, discover why your teen seems to be a Jekyll and Hyde! This book will improve your relationship with parents, teachers and peers. For more info, visit http://www.evolvedteen.com

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Cyber bullying happens when a child threatens, constantly teases, harasses, or embarrasses another child through technology (internet, mobile phone). According to statistics from the i-SAFE foundation: •

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Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying. More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

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1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of them without their permission, often using cell phone cameras. About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others. Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying.

If You Are Being Cyber Bullied Tell your parent(s) or an adult that you trust. Don’t suffer in silence. There are some battles that you can’t fight alone. Your parents are here to protect you. Consider closing your social media account if you are being bombarded with nasty messages and comments. Make sure you are not initiating drama on social media. Avoid addressing conflicts on social media. Don’t get involved in drama of other students.

If You Are the Big Bad Wolf! 1. Stop! Research tells us that many students have committed suicide as a result of severe bullying. Don’t be the kid who has to live with the regret of literally tormenting someone to death. 2. Treat other kids the way you would want someone to treat your baby brother / sister. Remember everything that you do comes back to you (good and bad). 3. Everything that you say and do on your phone or technology can be found or traced. Don’t put yourself in an embarrassing situation. 4. Apologize if you have bullied someone.

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Feature Story

Track Athlete 100/200/400 Meter (4x100m, 4x 200m, 4x400m Relay) – st 1 & 2nd place awards Volunteer Completed 600+ hours of volunteering (Susan Komen Foundation; Feeding the Hungry & Homeless, Teaching ) Orator / Corporate Orator Several 1st Place Awards Bristol-Meyers Squibb, F. HoffmanLaRoche, Ltd. & Churches Life Guard (CPR Certified) Local Swimming Center Sunday School Teacher For 5 year-olds at Church Technology Trainer Bronze Award Recipient Creator, Organizer, Hostess Earth Day Book Club Clean-Up Day at Park

Gold Award Recipient Gold Award recipients are part of an elite group of young women who have created a legacy in their communities, demonstrated leadership, served as a role models and mastered important life skills. According to research, only 5.4% of eligible girls receive this award.

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LIVING ON PURPOSE Ordinary--- she is not!

Extraordinary – she is! When she was born, her parents named her Nia, which means purpose in Swahili. Little did they know – Nia would live up to her name. Today, 17 years later, Nia is a leader who lives life with purpose. She has exceeded the expectations that we have of the average 17 year old. “My parents taught me that I am not in the world for myself only – I am here to make a difference for others” she said proudly. As a teen, (and high school Senior) Nia has made a big impact in her community. Her humble, compassionate and caring demeanor is evident when you meet her. She has consistently helped others. Nia began her leadership endeavors in middle school. She organized an Earth Day book club and invited interested girls to her home. While hosting the book club, Nia and the girls set out on a mission! She told her mother that she wanted to go to the local park to pick up trash so that it would be clean for the kids and residents. She also wanted to show other kids that they were not too young to make a difference. Her parents met with the local recycling center where they were provided cleaning supplies and shirts for the girls. On clean-up day, Nia and the girls beautified the park. As a result of their notable mission, Nia and her friends were featured in the local newspaper, later contacted by Rutgers University and invited to the campus for a Question and Answer Session. The University invited the girls to assist them with the Rutgers Garden project for several months. Nia is not only a leader. She is a charismatic speaker. Nia has a way with words! As a member of N.J. Orators, Nia delivered moving speeches and won several awards. She wrote and delivered the speech, “Yes We Can (highlighting Michelle Obama)” which brought the house down – or should we say, brought the house up to their feet in a standing ovation. As fate would have it, Nia set out on another mission in high school. She commented, “I wanted to lessen the digital divide among the elderly population so that they could communicate online and not feel intimidated by computers. If I could teach them basic computer skills, they would be able to use applications like Facebook, FaceTime, email, and Google; and they would be able to communicate with family and friends.” As an active Girl Scout who had already received a Bronze Award, she decided that her service project would align with her mission--- teaching the elderly how to use the computers. Nia asked her parents to help her arrange a partnership with Spring Hills Community Center in Somerset, NJ. She effectively trained the seniors on basic computer skills and how to communicate online. Once again, she made a difference in her community! The senior center was impressed with her professionalism, planning, time management and ability to teach and reach them. This project positioned her to receive the Gold Award! Nia’s business savvy can be attributed to her troop, family and the management training class that she completed at Rutgers University where she earned 3 college credits. Nia’s life has set an example for children, teens and adults. She is a demonstration of living life without limits. She does not allow excuses to hold her back. While she might have fears, as any young girl would, she is still a girl of courage. It is normal to feel fearful, however, you can’t allow fear to hold you back. She is truly a gold girl and a gold mine!

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Getting to Know Nia Nia and Her Family Nia has two loving and supportive parents, Vernon and Audra. She also has a twin brother, Myles, whom she deeply admires and loves. Yet, they are still typical siblings who also have their days of fussing and fighting. Nia went on to say, “My family is a major factor in helping me achieve my goals.” When asked what advice she has for girls who may not have supportive parents, Nia replied, “There is always someone who can help you. Network and tap into the resources around you. It might be a teacher, a coach or the parent of a friend. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is always someone who can help you!”

Nia on Bullying Nia is no stranger to bullying. She added, “I have been bullied before. Since everything happens for a reason, I assumed that I was doing something wrong or that something was wrong with me. But then I realized that I hadn’t done anything to the girls. Sometimes bullying is sparked by jealousy. It is also an indication that they are having some problems at home. To be honest, I realized that I just had to pray for them. First Lady Obama said it best when she stated that we have to go high when others go low and attack our character.”

Nia and Her Career Goals I want to be a physical therapist. I will major in Sports Medicine in college. I have seen how physical therapy has helped my brother. For that reason, I’ve chosen to be a physical therapist so that I can help others the way that they have helped my Myles.”

Nia, ziplining in Costa Rica on a Girl Scouts trip (2016)

Nia on Health “It is important to eat healthy. I often make smoothies in the morning. If we don’t eat right, we won’t feel right.”

Nia and Attitude “I believe that you should have a positive attitude about life. If you think negative, you will get negative results. I realized that it is important to also be patient. Whatever you do, don’t give up on your dreams. Live life without regrets. Keep working toward your goals. There is always someone to help you achieve your dreams.”

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Nia on Transition “It’s important to stay focused. We all want to have fun. Yet, don’t allow your social life to ruin your academic life. I saw some students who took 9th grade for a joke. They got distracted and had to re-take some classes. If you don’t focus when you enter high school, it will impact you as you move forward and you will find yourself repeating classes in the 11th and 12th grade. I learned that you many not hang out with the same group of friends when you change schools. In middle school, it was about 8 of us who always hung together. When we started high school, the group dwindled to about 3 girls. I was disappointed at first. But I realized that it wasn’t a bad thing. It’s just that our priorities and focus changed.”

Nia and Challenges When Nia was asked about her challenges as a student, she replied, “Math! It hasn’t been my strongest subject. I had to find other resources such as tutoring. In addition to academic challenges, there will also be times when you may not feel accepted by your peers or others. I am proud of myself because I didn’t let that stop me. I believe that there is a solution for every challenge. Sometimes the solution may call for an attitude change. In spite of the challenges I’ve had, I am so thankful that I never let them stand in my way. Evolved Teen congratulates Nia on her accomplishments and attitude. We realize that success is not only about accomplishments; it is also about attitude and mindset. Nia, thanks for the example that you have set for students and adults. Thanks for your service. We admire you and love your spirit!

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Transitioning to Middle & High School If you are a new 6th or 9th grader, you probably feel like you are going to be like a fish out of water! You probably have mixed emotions – feeling scared and excited at the same time. The transition doesn’t have to be difficult. If you know what to expect and how to act, your transition will be much smoother.

When I started counseling at a middle school in California, I had experience working in an elementary, high school, and alternative school. I had never worked solely with 6th graders. I quickly realized that counseling 6th graders was different than any previous experience I’d had. Ninth graders also had their challenges. Rest assured, there will be changes socially, academically, as well as physically, but you can handle them.

SOCIAL changes

Many conflicts start because of HE / SHE said. Don’t be a negative messenger. You will lose friends and respect this way. Don’t say anything about anyone that you wouldn’t want to say in that person’s face. •

Observe before you choose your friends. Does she gossip and spread rumors? Is he disrespectful to teachers? Is she messy (keeps drama going)? If so, keep it moving and find a friend who knows how to act.

MYOB –Mind your own business! Make this your priority. If you mind your own business, you won’t get twisted in other people’s drama.

Your next school will be a lot larger than your previous school. You will have more ground to cover, larger classrooms, and more demands. Here are some tips to help you survive socially: •

Be yourself. Don’t allow others to set the norm for you or change who you are.

Refrain from the “he said, she said” game.

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Take advantage of social clubs / programs so that you can explore YOU. Your new school will have new opportunities. Make yourself count. Do more than show up!

Academic changes The academic demands and expectations in middle and high school are much bigger than they were in elementary school. You will have more teachers. Your teachers will not walk down the halls with you and hold your hand. Nor will they hold your hand in terms of school work. Now is the time to prepare for the challenge. Here is some advice: •

Be proactive! Read, read, read to increase your vocabulary. Don’t wait for your teacher to assign Chapter 5. If you know that it’s next, why not read it now? If you don’t understand a concept, get help quickly. The longer you wait to get help, the deeper the hole that you will be buried in. Get a planner so that you can jot down important dates such as test dates, assignments and projects.

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Always keep your class syllabus handy. A syllabus is an outline of what will be done and covered in your class. It informs students of expectations and important dates. Respect your teacher. Can I tell you something??? There will be teachers that you don’t like. And, there may be a teacher who does not like you. It happens. Don’t give your teachers a reason to dislike you. Even if you don’t like your teacher – respect her / him. Create a study group if you are having a difficult time in a class. Put the cell phone, Xbox, and iPad down so that you can focus and pay attention. Technology is great; it can also be a distraction if you don’t know how to manage your time. If you don’t know already, learn the art of taking good notes! Check out these websites: http://coe.jmu.edu/learningtoolbox/cornell notes.html. http://www.edudemic.com/effective-waysto-take-notes-in-class/

Emotional & Physical changes

(Taken from the Empowered & Enlightened Teen)

When you reach a certain age, your brain begins to release a hormone that causes your body to go through physical and psychological changes. Another word for these changes is puberty. Puberty marks the physical and emotional transition from childhood to young adulthood (or adolescence). As you continue to grow, you may notice several changes in your body such as acne, increased body odor and the growth of pubic hair. These changes affect boys and girls differently. During puberty, girls began to menstruate (have a period), grow taller, and develop breasts and rounder hips. Boys experience increased testosterone levels, which causes them to have deeper voices and testicle and penis growth. Boys and girls become more emotional. In addition to physical changes, your mind begins to change. Your brain grows and develops which causes your judgment and reasoning to become more sophisticated. You are now able to process and analyze information differently. As a result of your new way of thinking, it may cause new conflict with your parents and teachers. But remember, you must remain coachable! Don’t allow puberty to cause you to be a know it all!!! ☺ You still have a lot to learn.

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My Dear Evolved Student: Your transition can be smooth. Take a deep breath and relax. You will be okay. After the first week, you’ll realize that it’s not as scary as you thought it was. I believe that you will do well. I have faith in you.

Tips for Parents It is normal for your child to be nervous about starting middle / high school. It is also perfectly normal for you to be nervous about your child’s transition to a new school. The transition to middle school may be one of the toughest transitions during childhood, for both parents and kids (Brown, 2004). Here are some of the top concerns that students have about the transition: • • • • • • • • •

Getting lost or finding classes Finding and opening the locker Finding the bathroom Not knowing the school rules Carrying around all those books Going from class to class without being late Bringing the right materials to the right class at the right time Traveling longer distances to school Eating in a larger cafeteria (Brown, 2004; Elias, 2001)

Academic Issues Students have the following academic concerns when they transition to middle / high school: • Getting good grades • Competing for grades • Having more than one teacher • Doing more homework and long-term projects • Completing work that is more challenging which requires more effort • Handling the expectations of teachers in different subject areas • Studying, taking notes, and taking tests (Brown, 2004; Elias, 2001) How You Can Help Your Child with Logistics and Academics •

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Take your child to the school before it starts to get acclimated to the environment. Get a copy of your child’s schedule beforehand. Attend the New Student Orientation. Make sure that your child knows where the important spots are: the 6th or 9th grade wing, the cafeteria, the gym, restrooms, nurse’s office and school counselor’s office. Establish a partnership with your child’s teachers. Know and understand the school rules. You can go online and download the student manual from the school or district website. Attend meetings (PTA, conferences, etc.) and activities. Make sure your child attends school daily. Make sure your child knows how to take notes. Check out the Cornell note-taking system online. Don’t buy very large backpacks. Smaller backpacks allow for better organization.

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Social Issues Students are concerned about the following: • • • • • • • • • • •

Bullies Making new friends/finding and connecting with a peer group Feeling stupid compared to other kids Success in sports Popularity Being embarrassed by parents in front of other kids Puberty (pimples, body changes) Changing before and after P.E. class in front of others Having boyfriends or girlfriends Having someone to sit with at lunch Being pressured to drink, smoke or take drugs

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Increase your knowledge about adolescent development. One day your child might act like a responsible young adult; the next day he might act like a kid. They may waver from time to time. Be positive about what lies ahead. Recognize and address their fears. Offer support. Hold your child accountable. Give your child the opportunity to make decisions on his/her own. Pick your battles. Give them the tools they need to succeed. Allow them the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. Talk to your child about the benefits of a new school which include: " " " "

Making new friends Participating in sports Having lockers More personal and social freedom (Akos & Galassi, 2004)

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If there is a new topic that you would like us to address on these inspirational calls, please drop us a line at info@evolvedteen.com. We welcome your feedback.

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How are you SMART? There is a genius inside of everyone, including you. Most students believe that they are not smart if they are not making good grades in school. While grades are one way to measure intelligence, there are other ways to identify intelligence.

Intelligence is the ability to learn and apply your knowledge and skills.

Psychologist, Howard Gardner identified 8 types of intelligence. His theories about intelligence are widely used in the field of education. He believes that students’ intelligence is much bigger than their school grades. He encourages educators to see beyond grades and textbooks so that they can tap into a student’s true intelligence. As you journey in life, you will serve yourself and others well by knowing where your genius lies. What are your strengths? Are you people smart, math smart, or word smart? You may be smart in various ways. If you struggle in school, don’t give up on yourself. There are various ways that you can succeed in school. If you like pictures and color, perhaps, you can learn your content using pictures or highlighters. You must realize that you have strengths and abilities that your teacher might not know about. Let’s take a look at some people to get an idea of how SMART works. Basketball legends Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps are Body Smart. Michael Jackson, Beethoven, and Beyonce are examples of people who are (were) Music Smart Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres are People Smart.

Genius –someone with exceptional creative, intellectual or natural ability. Smart Genius – someone who puts his her creative, intellectual or natural ability to good use.

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Now that we have taken a look at different ways to be smart, let’s get an understanding of Gardner’s eight areas of intelligence. Visual-Spatial (Picture Smart) students like designing, drawing and visualizing. They have a strong sense of physical space, as do architects. They also like to do jigsaw puzzles and read maps. They learn best with drawings and other visual aids such as television, pictures, graphics and charts. Bodily-Kinesthetic (Body Smart) students have a strong sense of body awareness and use the body effectively. A dancer or athlete is an example of a student with bodily – kinesthetic intelligence. They enjoy movement, touching, and making things. They can be taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, and role-playing. Musical (Music Smart) students appreciate music and sound and are able to create and understand rhythm. They can learn by turning lessons into lyrics or speaking rhythmically. Interpersonal (People Smart) students are able to interact effectively with others. They are sensitive to the feelings and moods of others, (sometimes called social intelligence). They learn best through group activities, seminars and dialogues. They like communicating with others through the telephone, writing, computer conferencing and E-mail. Intrapersonal (Self-Smart) students have the ability to tune into their own feelings. They are intuitive, wise and confident in their opinions. They tend to shy away from others. They appreciate creative materials, journals, diaries, privacy and alone time. This group is the most independent. Linguistic (Word Smart) students use words effectively. They love reading, writing, doing word games and telling stories. They learn by best by seeing and reading words. Logical - Mathematical students enjoy math and solving problems. They are able to see patterns and relationships. They can be taught through logic games, investigations and mysteries. They need to learn and form concepts before they can deal with details. Naturalistic students understand living things, classifications and nature. They are able to distinguish between one plant and another or distinct sounds of birds. Naturalists lean to activities such as hunting, farming and gardening.

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Tips for Educators about Multiple Intelligence • Providing students with multiple ways to access content improves learning (Hattie, 2011). • Providing students with multiple ways to demonstrate knowledge and skills increases engagement and learning, and provides teachers with a more accurate understanding of students' knowledge and skills (DarlingHammond, 2010). • Instruction should be informed as much as possible by detailed knowledge about students' specific strengths, needs, and areas for growth (Tomlinson, 2014).

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Take the time to discover your child’s strengths and natural abilities. Create opportunities for your child to explore his strengths, (i.e. expose him to music, the arts, science, nature, sports and other people). Notice which environment your child thrives in the best. Find someone trustworthy who can coach / mentor your child in his area of interest. Don’t force your talents or skills onto your child. Don’t expect her to blossom in an area where you are strong. Your child’s abilities may be totally different than yours. Your child has his / her own calling in life. Try to find local programs and events that cater to your child’s area(s) of intelligence. Children often try to follow the path of least resistance. Don’t allow her to spend the majority of her time on the phone or playing games. Challenge her and involve her in activities so that she can build her confidence. Stay in contact with your child’s teachers. From time to time, ask the teacher what your child’s strengths are. Often, teachers see strengths and abilities at school that parents don’t see at home.

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Karen has noticed that she has a better understanding of science facts when the teacher writes the facts on the smart board. She especially remembers and understands concepts better when she uses a colored pencil or highlighter to mark the important facts. Cory, on the other hand learns best when he hears the teacher. If he hears something a couple of times he does a great job of remembering and understanding. Karen and Cory have different learning sytles. The good news is – Karen and Cory understand how they learn best. You will do yourself a great service by discovering your unique learning style. The way a person prefers to learn and learns best is referred to as his / her learning style. There is no right or wrong style. It has nothing to do with intelligence or skills. Your learning style has to do with the way your brain works to learn and store information efficiently. There are three primary learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic (tactile).

Visual Learners

Auditory Learners Auditory learners learn best by hearing. They respond well to oral reports and lectures. They also enjoy music and usually work well in groups. These learners often record their lectures so that they can revisit them when it is time for a test. Students with an auditory learning style may enjoy listening to audio books.

Kinesthetic & Tactile Learners Kinesthetic learners learn best by experiencing and doing things. They are “hands on” learners and tend to bore easily when they have to sit through a long class and or when they have to listen to someone demonstrate a process. They would rather learn by doing.

What’s the Point? When you discover your unique learning style, it will improve your academic performance, boost your confidence, and help you study more effectively.

A visual learner learns best by seeing things. These learners tend to perform best when they use visual Everyone has a way that he /she learns best. Take aids such as color outlines, charts, flashcards or time out of figure our how you learn best. Create video. They can easily recall what they see. your study time around your learning style.

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It is better to know HOW TO LEARN,

than to know.

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Are You Passing Your Past to Your Child?

Between the journey of childhood to parenthood, you may have experienced a variety of woes; abuse, poverty, abandonment, broken relationships, violence, disappointments and so on. When parents have an experience that has left a scar, it is normal for them to strive to protect their own children from the same woes that scarred them. Naturally, you don’t want your child to re-live your past. While some parents try hard to create a new experience for a child, sometimes the parent may go overboard. As a parent, can you relate to any of these statements? • • • • •

“Since I grew up poor, I try to make sure my child has everything that I did not have. I was abused as a child and I refuse to allow my child to stay overnight with her cousins. My parents never praised me. I constantly tell my child how great and wonderful he is, even if he is doing a terrible job.” My child was sickly when she was baby. That is the reason that I am so overprotective now. I am not affectionate with my kids. My parents never hugged me or told me, “I love you.”

What practices have you put into place because of your past? Have you made your child a victim of your past? What fears or beliefs have you instilled in your child? Have you taught her that it is okay to remain in an abusive relationship because she saw you accept abuse for so many years? Did you pass your picky eating habits to your child and now wonder why he’s such a picky eater? Make a commitment to yourself that you will not pass the ills of your past onto your child. Ask yourself, “How would I raise my child if I didn’t have that experience?”

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