When teens know how they are smart, they’ll be confident to put forth effort. They’ll more easily engage in academic tasks and have positive thoughts about their future. When parents know how their children are smart, they can better choose curriculum, teaching methods, and assignments that will be motivational and positive. Knowing which of the 8 smarts are our strengths is a win-win. These smarts are relevant to teaching, learning, spiritual growth, friendship, behavior and careers—so you’ll make many applications of these ideas to your lives.

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has spoken in thirty countries, influencing thousands of people . Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. Attendees leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope for building healthy relationships and increasing success in family, life, and school. A popular guest on Focus on the Family radio, she has authored six books. Her most recent are Guiding Motivation, 8 Great Smarts, and Screens and Teens. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.

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