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Every Child can Succeed!

09/09/2013

 

“Everyone is smarter than me.” Caley was a nine year old girl riddled with self doubt. Her peers around her seemed to be enjoying life better – they had more fun while playing and they scored the sort of grades she wish she could show her parents. Caley wished she were like them.

 

What Caley did not realise was that she was a unique individual who had a different set of talent, ability and intelligence. It wasn’t that she wasn’t capable – it was that she possesses different thinking and learning patterns. She responds differently to circumstances and has different dreams, ambitions and needs. This unique physical, emotional and mental makeup means that each child thinks and learns in a style that is specific to them.

 

Caley had to be shown that success does not solely come in the form of academia. True success happens when we are equipped with the capabilities and skills to face obstacles and solve challenges. Knowing how to learn, think and apply knowledge and information throughout our lives is more important than grades and paper chasing.

 

Our brains are malleable and so is our intelligence. And it is important that children believe that because when they do, they become more motivated to learn and are less fearful of setbacks. That in turn helps them to form a positive outlook to life and be better able to deal with disappointment and failure.

 

According to various in-depth researches, children who believe that effort and persistence are the keys to success are able to achieve more as compared to children who believe that they have an innate ability which they cannot change – I either can or cannot do it – was their mindset.

 

Multiple studies were done to test the importance and effectiveness on helping children form an incremental theory of intelligence. When these groups of children were coached with brain-based activities and taught that their mental capacity could be developed, they began improving in many aspects of their lives. They became better thinkers and problem solvers. They welcomed challenges and were quicker to bounce from setbacks.

 

Caley’s brain, like all of ours, is a muscle that becomes stronger with use. When we expose and stimulate our brains with cognitive-based activities, we form and strengthen the neural connections that help our brains become fitter. Strengthening our cognitive abilities help us become more effective in dealing with the different situations in life. Every child has a cognitive potential and it is important to understand his or her potential in order to help them develop success for life.

 

Article contributed by ThinkersBox ~ a Cognitive Development Specialist

 

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