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October 2018
Ana Stefania Mocanu Wins Bronze in
Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition!

Brain Power student Ana Stefania Mocanu (pictured left) recently won a Bronze Medal for her essay in The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, an international essay writing competition for youth aged 18 and under!

In 2018, there were 12,000 entries from across the Commonwealth!
This is amazing news!

For more about the competition, check out this link:
https://thercs.org/youth-and-education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/



We are so proud of you, Ana!

Congratulations!
We Have Added TWO Sections
to Our 2018-2019 Schedule!

English Language Arts

Foundations 1 - Sundays 9:45am
Intermediate 1 - Sundays 12pm


Register Soon, Spaces Are Limited! 

Click Here for 2018-2019 Schedules!
Contact us at info@brainpower.ca or (905) 303-5457
Sign Up Now for Brain Power's
Cultural Capital and World Affairs Workshop!
Interested in Gifted Testing?
Make an Appointment with Nanci Goldman
Gifted testing provides information on a child's abilities and exceptionalities and results may be utilized for certain advanced-placement academic programs in various private and public schools.

Brain Power can help by connecting you with our in-house specialist Nanci Goldman (pictured left). 

Nanci has over 15 years of experience as a Psychoeducational Consultant in the public school board.  In this setting, she provides consultation and comprehensive assessment of children/adolescents with diverse needs (e.g. intellectual, academic, social, emotional, behavioural).  
Nanci completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.  She is registered in the area of school psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. 
Contact us at info@brainpower.ca or (905) 303-5457
Join Brain Power's FREE* Book Club!
HOW IT WORKS:

1. Check out the details on our awesome book club events below!
2. Register for your choices in person at the front office or by phone (905-303-5457) or email at info@brainpower.ca
3. Pick up a copy of the book at a bookstore or your local/school library!
4. Have a great time finishing the book before we meet!
5. Join us for an exciting discussion of the book and/or a performance.


* Events that include a performance may also have a charge for ticket prices. See details in the event descriptions below.
Check Out Our New March Break Workshops!

Secrets of Science
&
Science Research 101
Alumni of the Month:
Mendy Bisk
Education: University of Toronto (Spanish), York University (Biology & Music)

Currently: Teaches piano, guitar, and music theory; events performer; teaches Yiddish at Bialik Hebrew Day School 

Thoughts on Brain Power: During my years at Brain Power, my English drastically improved, and I was introduced to a wide range of concepts. Brain Power instilled in me a love for learning and a thirst for knowledge, and it taught me to think critically and work efficiently.  Looking back I can say for certain that choosing to attend classes at Brain Power was one of the best decisions of my life.
CONTESTS & OPPORTUNITIES
More Information on SHAD - CLICK HERE!
"The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. Listening to young people about issues that matter to them is an important commitment of the government. As Minister of Youth, the Prime Minister wants to hear directly from young people. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is one mechanism to support this dialogue."

"Youth Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community, and their country. They interact with each other outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities, and to talk with their peers about issues that matter most to them. There may also be opportunities to engage with local and national organizations, meet with policy makers and decision-makers like Cabinet Ministers, and attend public events."
Prime Minister's Youth Council - CLICK HERE!
Math Homework at Brain Power:
A Recipe for Academic Growth
  • We believe in encouraging children to develop a “growth mindset” that views challenges as “energizing rather than intimidating” because “they offer opportunities to learn” (Dweck 2015).
  • This requires that students are challenged, and that means getting stuck on certain questions, getting certain questions incorrect, and returning to rethink certain questions more than once.
  • This is why we deliberately split our homework questions between those that:
    • Give students an opportunity to reiterate and reinforce skills and techniques that they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
    • Challenge students to use their creative thinking to tackle problems that go a bit beyond what they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
  • If students get a homework question incorrect, they should reattempt (but not resubmit) it before the next class. (Parents should not feel obligated to “step in” to explain the problem to their child.)
  • In the next class, the instructor will review all of the homework questions, taking extra time to explain those that students found particularly challenging.
  • Not only does this approach encourage children’s academic growth, but it also bolsters their self-reliance, resilience, creativity, and flexibility in the face of intellectual challenges.
More information on developing a "growth mindset" in children:

Dweck, Carol S. “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.” Scientific American. (Jan. 1, 2015).
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids1/
 
Post, Gail. “A life lesson for gifted children: failure.” Gifted Challenges. (Aug. 9, 2013)
https://giftedchallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/08/a-life-lesson-for-gifted-children.html
Meet Our AMAZING Instructors!
SCHEDULES
2018-2019
Click Here to See the Schedules on Our Website!
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