In the education sector, the grading scale is used to judge a student’s academic performance. The letter grading system is used for measuring and grouping of students into either excellent student or a failure based on their cognitive achievement. Today, there is more to do than just setting up a standard grading scale for assessment of students.Generally speaking, learners have academic challenges, and it is accepted as a norm in the academic world that the intelligent active students with higher IQ are more successful in life than less intelligent students. However, based on real life experiences, the opposite is happening.
For instance, I studied the lives of great men and famous women and I discovered that those who got to the top were those who were not with high IQ. Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft dropped out of High School and started the largest software incorporation in the world. Similarly, Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of College to start the most competitive social media. They were tagged ”less intelligent and failures”. On the other hand, the less intelligent students may appear to be doing nothing and making mistakes in their academics, they eventually end up doing better than the clever ones.
Are you a teacher? What is your opinion about students who have slipped academically like a crumbled wall? As strange as it seems, it is ninety percent probable that the slack, lazy students become millionaires or billionaires in the future. These drop outs latter turn out to be the beasts in the business arena. Teachers who get burned out teaching lazy inactive students do not continue learning.
Hence, there are seven reasons why you should celebrate the less intelligent students in your classroom.
- Problem solvers: Based on my personal experience, students with inadequate learning tools possess the ability to give you quick answers to your problem. I think they stimulate a more creative and innovative approach to problem solving and decision making. Thomas Edison is an example. He couldn’t cope in school and after he was withdrawn and homeschooled, he invented the electric light bulb.
- Self-taught: Because they lag behind does not mean they are not learning. They can educate themselves and as custodians of apparatus we can turn and twist to acquire the excellence that distinguish less intelligent students. Evaluate them seriously and help them improve.
- They inspire independence: As you celebrate these kind of students you’ll be amazed how they get ideas to clear the way that makes them ineffective. Appreciate their failures as human error.
- Imperfect: Nobody is perfect and fingers are not equal. Never expect perfection from less intelligent students because human beings are far from perfection. They will make mistakes so appreciate the little effort they put in daily.
- The best resource: Initially, the not so clever students go through a tough path and some receive less support from home but later, their success story is a powerful testimony. Oprah Winfrey is an example of a kid who came from a poor background and she did not excel in school. However, today, she is one of America’s richest T.V presenter.
- Amused minds: The less intelligent students have amusing minds. They accept their failures and usually do not bother about it. They may be lazy intellectually, however, they are good thinkers. They like to do what amuses them. So, as a teacher help them to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of their genius.
- The tide will turn: less intelligent students know they have a problem but they believe that with time, their persistent spirit will turn the tide.
In conclusion, play the ‘Believing Game.’ It is about making the effort to at least consider the reasons for an opposing view on an issue. You may have an exclusion criteria that makes you think the less intelligent have characteristics that disqualifies them from the inclusion criteria of high IQ students. They may be tardy, not clever or truant students, just go out of your way to keep them on track. It is important you keep on believing in them so that you can win their trust. All you have to do as a teacher is to push a little further and never doubt the success of such students.