What parents can do for their intrinsically motivated child

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What parents can do for their intrinsically motivated child

All of us in schools experience children who are always intrinsically motivated. They're always reaching for another level and another standard. But I think one of the most important things to remember is that cognitive and intellectual growth is just part of the whole child. Part of what we always have to do with those very bright precocious children is inspire their curiosity about the things that they don't know how to do, so that they continue to learn and continue to be motivated to try new things. Children who express boredom need to think about what boredom really is. Is it the absence of activity or the absence of thinking about something that's exciting to them? So whether a child's in a public school, a private school, an independent school, a boarding school, one of the things that we should never tolerate is a child saying they're bored. We should always motivate them to find things that they're curious about and learn them on their own. That's what creates independence in children and allow schools of all kinds to continue to enhance and expand their curriculums to meet the needs of the continuum of learners in every classroom and in every situation.

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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