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Turn Socrates into Talent Time


You can turn every standard hour of history learning into an opportunity to push his talent forward.

How do you turn a standard history lesson on Socrates into an opportunity to build talent?

I will share with you how my 15 year old son is using history curriculum to push his talent forward. At the end of each hour of study for his Western Civ class, he allots 10 to 15 minutes to producing a single visual graphic that conveys one specific message of that lesson. This daily exercise forces him to focus on speed and efficiency in the use of his Adobe photo editing tools and forces him to wrestle abstract concepts into modern images that are attractive and yet still clearly convey a message that others can understand. Those two skills are being daily trained because the history gives him the necessary fodder to train himself to convey value and meaning, instead of just playing with visual effects that have no purpose. The side benefit to being talent driven first is that history is much easier to assimilate (a.k.a. “pegged” to his talent) because he has to interpret its message in a relevant manner each and every time.

Dovetail Traditional Learning with Building a Talent for Life


One of my goals as a father is to make sure my children are not doing double the learning effort for the same benefits. Yes, I do want my sons and daughters to learn some of the traditional educational factoids and skills, but I don’t want them to do it at the detriment of building a life-long valuable talent. So the way I have approached this apparent time-dichotomy is to have them dovetail their traditional study hours with a talent building focus. This will not only get them to start building 10,000 hours of deliberate practice towards a world-class level talent, it will also help them absorb more efficiently the traditional knowledge.

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