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When children discover they’re smart, it changes them.

  • They believe they can learn more so they want to.
  • They believe they can study more to learn more so they want to.
  • They believe they can make a positive difference so they want to.

When children discover how they’re smart, it changes them more.

  • They know how they can learn more so they do.
  • They know how they can study more to learn more so they do.
  • They know how they can make a greater difference so they do.

When parents and teachers know how children are smart, they’re empowered to help them well. When kids know how they are smart, they can help themselves.

These are among the reasons we include complimentary access to an online survey for teens with the purchase of my book, 8 Great Smarts. It’s up and working now after unfortunate delays. The survey parents and teachers can use when thinking about children has been working since day one. Now, the one teens can complete is working, too. If you have the book, you have the code that will give you access to the survey.

Comparing your opinions about your teen’s smarts to your teen’s opinions should make for a rich discussion. What evidence do you see that caused you to rate one of the smarts as a strength? What evidence does your teen have that caused the rating to be different? Listen. Listen longer. Share specifics. Look for more evidence to talk about later.

I truly hope the survey is helpful.

If you don’t have the book, you can buy it here. Then you’ll be able to use the online assessment.