053 – Getting Smarter with Kristin Barbour

Kristin Barbour- Podcast

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In This Episode

Can we actually get smarter?  Is IQ as static and unchangeable as we’ve been taught?  What is the path to getting smarter?  Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on today’s podcast.

Hey there Innovators!  Today’s guest will challenge your perspective on the world!  According to the late Dr. Reuven Feuerstein,

“The chromosomes do not have the last word!”

If you had the same biology textbooks and took the same developmental psychology classes I did in college, you were no doubt taught that IQ is a fixed quantity, independent of age and learning.  I never did like that answer because I always felt like I wanted to know more, be more, do more.  The idea of any fixed quantity bothered me then, and still grates against my optimistic view of the world.

Well, recent research is beginning to give a scientific basis for the results achieved by Dr. Feuerstein and others who have believed for years that cognitive modifiability is real.  Perhaps my grandma was onto something when she did that crossword puzzle from the newspaper every week.  New research indicates that exercising the brain strengthens it just like the muscles in the body!  This is great news for be because now I can train for higher performance, but it is particularly great news for those with traumatic brain injuries, learning disabilities, or other cognitive challenges.

These new ideas underline more than ever, the advantages of practicing and training the native creativity in teenagers.  We’d love to talk to you more about inspiring your teens to deeper questioning, higher problem solving, and broader creativity.  Just visit InventingZone.com to learn more.

Today’s guest is from the National Institute for Learning Development.  Kristin Barbour has been working with traumatic brain injury cases for years and now serves as the executive director for NILD.  Brace yourself for some unbelievable insights with Kristin on today’s interview.

About Kristin

KB teachingKristin Barbour is the Program Director for the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). Prior to working at NILD Kristin worked as an inpatient speech-language pathologist at a children’s hospital in Virginia. Kristin Barbour is the Program Director for the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). Prior to working at NILD Kristin worked as an inpatient speech-language pathologist at a children’s hospital in Virginia. Over the past ten years Kristin has presented seminars and workshops nationally and internationally on topics related to learning disabilities and development as well as speech and language development. In addition to being an educational therapist she is also an authorized trainer in the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program.

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What is the Purpose of an Education?

“We want to create life long learners who have a propensity for continually pulling in new information, connecting it with old [information], and bridging it to what’s next.”  —Kristin Barbour

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Kristin‘s Favorite Quote

“The chromosomes do not have the last word.” Reuven Feuerstein

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About Teachers 

Dr. Kathy Hopkins ~ an inspirational influence who shaped my belief in
educators needing to be excellent craftsmen!

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 Something Kristin has made recently:

A “natural treasure” arts and craft project with my four year old
daughter

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Something Kristin has learned recently:

There are more than 30 million people with dyslexia in America.

 

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Lecturers at work

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