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In response to the current buzz surrounding such books as "Emotional Intelligence" and "The Bell Curve," Yale University professor Robert Sternberg challenges the age-long debate over nature vs. nurture. Proposing that nurture is far more important than nature in determining success in life, he challenges this critical debate about how to best evaluate and teach America's youth. Sternberg argues that traditional IQ tests and standardized tests measure only 'inert' intelligence, and are therefore poor predictors of how students will do in life. SATs and other standardized tests only evaluate our ability to memorize material and perpetuate the labeling of students based on often irrelevant criteria. "Successful Intelligence" offers specific ways to develop practical and creative intelligence, it demonstrates how accomplished people make successful intelligence work for them, it shows how members of various ethnic groups who typically do not do as well on tests of academic intelligence can compete successfully on creative and practical intelligence and it tells readers that the willingness to take risks and overcome obstacles is a key attribute for achieving intelligence. Sternberg provides us with a new definition of intelligence that predicts how students will fare in problem-solving in both their personal and professional lives. With the keys on how to achieve life's more important goals, Successful Intelligence will change the way we regard aptitude and intelligence.
Coauthored by two internationally renowned educators and researchers, this resource helps teachers strengthen their classroom practice with lessons that promote successful intelligence--a set of abilities that allow students to adapt and succeed within their environment, make the most of their strengths, and learn to compensate for their weaknesses.
The essential guide for teaching beyond the test! Students with strong higher-order thinking skills are more likely to become successful, lifelong learners. Based on extensive, collaborative research by leading authorities in the field, this book shows how to implement teaching and learning strategies that nurture intelligence, creativity, and wisdom. This practical teaching manual offers an overview of the WICS model--Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, Synthesized--which helps teachers foster students' capacities for effective learning and problem solving. Teachers will find examples for language arts, history, mathematics, and science in Grades K-12, as well as: Hands-on strategies for enhancing students' memory, analytical, creative, and practical skills Guidelines on teaching and assessing for successful intelligence Details on how to apply the model in the classroom Teacher reflection sections, suggested readings, and sample planning checklists Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success is ideal for educators seeking to broaden their teaching repertoire as they expand the skills and abilities of students at all levels.