Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Book Talk Tuesday

I am linking up again with Deanna Jump for Book Talk Tuesday.

This week i would like to talk about the book "How Children Succeed" by Paul Tough.
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"How children succeed" is a book I am recommending to all for the sole reason that it reiterates my belief that as educators we are not only responsible for developing children's cognitive skills but also their non cognitive skills. Character development may not be a subject which we would teach as per the prescribed syllabus but it does form an integral part of a child's success. We all believe that IQ is crucial to success but Paul Tough, the author of the book explains that it is the non cognitive skills / personality traits/ executive functions that are critical for a child's success. I was amazed to find out that even a game like chess which is correlated with intelligence requires non cognitive skills to succeed at it. 

Executive functions ( the higher order mental abilities) is the new educational catch phrase and my curiosity of how it can be implemented in our classrooms was definitely piqued after reading the book.

 I wanted to find out practical ways of how to develop them in my students. I found some great ideas but i am leaving a link to Dr Jean's website where she shares handy tips to enhance the executive function in children.

Hope you find it useful. The book is available at AMAZON

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