If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)

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9781603364485: If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)

Book by Barbara Esham

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"It is hard to overstate how much better children are served if they believe, rightly, that their efforts to improve academically actually make a difference. Research by Dr. Carol Dweck and colleagues has shown, in impressive detail, that children's beliefs about the nature of intelligence--as being either malleable or xed--can greatly impact both their attitude towards learning and their academic achievement. It is far better to believe in a malleable rather than a xed notion of intelligence. Thus it is a delight to see books like the present one put much needed, and scienti cally credible, tools in the hands of educators, parents, and children."

Dr. Jeremy Gray, Yale University

Professor of Psychology

"The Mainstream Connections book series teaches that challenges and differences are part of the spice of life, not something to hide or fear. Each child in the series faces a challenge that makes him or her feel different and maybe not as good as other kids. Young readers will learn the value of facing challenges directly, and to respect everyone's unique challenges. Success comes from practice and improvement, especially on the things that are hardest to do."

Dr. Brian Nosek, University of Virginia

Professor of Psychology

"The Mainstream Connections Children's Book Series conveys a message that could have been lifted straight from a psychology research journal: there is more than one way to define 'being smart'. As these stories illustrate, for every person, large and small, there are skills that are relatively difficult to master and others that seem to come more naturally. These books emphasize the important empirical conclusion that just as regular exercise makes the body stronger, so, too, does practice and the effort to improve academically--with all the struggle, fatigue, and initial failure that it entails--allow people to capitalize on the malleable nature of human intelligence."

Dr. Samuel R. Sommers, Tufts University

Professor of Psychology

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Biografía del autor:

Author Barbara Esham was one of those kids who couldn't resist performing a pressure test on a pudding cup. She has always been a "free association" thinker, finding life far more interesting while in a state of abstract thought. Barbara lives on the East Coast with her three daughters. Together, in Piagetian fashion, they have explored the ideas and theories behind the definitions of intelligence, creativity, learning, and success. Barb researches and writes from her home office, in the spare time available between car pools, homework, and bedtime.

Barbara's book series, The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses, received the 2008 Parents' Choice Awards, were featured on the American Library Association Booklist, and listed on the Reading Rockets Recommended Readings.

Gordon was born in England. He attended Rochdale College of Art, but became an engineer. In 1983 he switched his career to freelance illustrator. Since then he has illustrated many children's books.

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