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November 2018
Andreea Murariu
Wins Top Prizes at DECA!
Brain Power Public Speaking, Language Arts, and Math & Problem Solving student Andreea Murariu (pictured left) recently won some impressive awards at DECA!

She won Top Overall CompetitorTop Oral Speaking Score, and Top MC Exam Score!

Andreea says that her classes at Brain Power help her have the edge over other competitors: "Brain Power, thank you so much for always supporting me!"


We are so proud of her!

Way to go, Andreea!
Joze Piranian
Inspires Brain Power's Public Speaking Students!

We were excited to welcome Joze Piranian (pictured left) to our Public Speaking class on November 12th!

Joze is a lifelong stutterer on the quest to confront his fears one stage a time. After spending most of his life avoiding speaking out of the fear of being judged for being "different," he is now a TEDx speaker, inspirational speaker of the year at Speaker Slam in 2017, and a stand-up comedian who has performed at the laugh Factory (Chicago), the Broadway Comedy Club (NY), Comedy Nest (Montreal), and Absolute Comedy (Toronto). His mission is to share his tale of overcoming adversity in order to motivate others to face their biggest fears, overcome their obstacles, and fulfill their potential.

In September 2018, Joze gave a talk at the Archangel Summit in front of 2500 people, sharing the stage with Arlene Dickinson, JP Sears, Brendon Bouchard and Dandapani.

See Joze's Archangel Summit Talk on YouTube!
See Joze's TEDx Talk on YouTube!
UTS Preparation - Stage 2
Registration Open Now!
Here are some of our successful Entrance Exam Preparation students from 2017-18! We trained them for various gifted school entrance exams – IB, SSAT, MACS, TOPS, UTS — and all were accepted!
UTS Preparation - Stage 2 - Registration is on!
Our class begins in early January for students in Grades 6 and 8 who are applying to UTS (or other schools that require interviews). 

During our training sessions, we address ALL aspects of the Stage 2 interviews. We have mock interviews, practice drills and provide feedback, have UTS alumni and past exam proctors as guests, share helpful tips, and discuss intense improvement plans tailored specifically and individually for your child. Parents are invited to attend along with their child(ren).

REGISTER SOON!
SPACES ARE LIMITED
For information, 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:
Rodney Chan
High School: Upper Canada College

University Ambitions: Cornell University Urban and Regional Studies, Waterloo Urban Planning


Achievements: Excellence Across All Subjects, Principal's List (top 10% of all students), Geography Prize
 
Thoughts on Brain Power: 
It was an amazing program! I studied with multiple teachers there, and they were all eager to help. I learned a lot of new vocabulary and was able to analyze writing at a much higher level. My writing skills improved, and I learned how to properly structure essays with smooth transitions and strong thesis statements.
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
UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST
CONTESTS & OPPORTUNITIES
More Information on SHAD - CLICK HERE!
For More Info on Speaker's Idol 2019 - CLICK HERE!
More Information on the Contest - CLICK HERE!
More Info on NaNoWriMo Young Writers - 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
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