What ways do you work to raise 'Brilliant Kids"?
Whatever your resources are, there is evidence that Collaboration, Conversation, and Content, among other things, are important. Inspired by a discussion on NPR, We want to hear ideas from YOU too!
Exploring a trail with kids can be challenging. I feel victorious when my girls are observant and bring something to my attention, but sometimes It seems I'm the only one doing all the pointing. However when hiking with school groups and girl scouts, my experience has been that kids are excited to learn about everything they see and are way more observant than most adults. So what's different? Expectations. When I'm leading/ guiding a group, I give them a "look for" and challenge, like a game. After all, there is a lot to benefit from working together on a common goal! This sort of approach was supported during a recent NPR report. Current research is showing that Collaboration and Communication through games is a way to foster "Brillant kids". A perfect classroom example of how this works was when I lead groups of 50+ 7th graders through a nature trail. I had set-up a scavenger hunt full of age appropriate content from their curriculum, with photograph clues, everyone seemed to have fun and the post-assessment showed they learned a lot too! This would be tough to replicate each time for our own kids, but imagine how much we could all take away from a family field-trip hiking with the right resources available? This sort of collaboration is a critical part of development, so here is a recent example on a family camping trip when I was tuned into collaboration, content, and conversations spur of the moment.