These little kids were way above average
No child is like another one; some show immense aptitude when it comes to math, science, language, music, or anything that comes across his or her desk. While their genius may or may not be recognized in the home, these teachers know that smart children need to be in a class of their own.
These genius children will hopefully grow up to be the people who create new technologies, life-saving medicines, or even expand our knowledge of what lies beyond our planet. Before they are known to the world though, they are being recognized by their teachers… Read the teachers’ stories here.
I teach English to little kids in France, I had a five year old (who speaks English, French, and Russian) explain the International Phonetic Alphabet to me – names of symbols, sounds, and why it’s useful. I don’t know where to draw the genius line, but that kid was definitely something special. Also he was just the coolest little dude out. (cbdhalkyard)
I once taught a girl who was a genius, she showed it in many ways but one always stuck out.
This was an A-level physics class (UK so 17/18 year olds) and for a piece of homework there was one question that should take them about half a page of working to solve. It was a proof so they knew what the answer was, but they had to figure it out themselves using the input data, selecting the right equations and then showing all the working.
She turned in her homework and said “Sir, I’ve got the right answer but I’m not quite certain how I got there.”
What she meant was, she knew what she’d done was right but it didn’t match the solution she was supposed to have.
I take a look and it’s about four pages of working which ends up with the right numbers. I tell her: “I’m going to have to look into this overnight and get back to you.” So I took it home and had a good read.
Turns out that instead of using the given equations, she’d re-figured out the same equations from first principles, i.e. She’d started with the basics fundamental principles and figured out the same equations that the original scientists did. But she did it over night. (epiclabtime)
No One Knew
This year I have an actual genius in my class, only he has completely flown under the radar until this year. His father went to jail this year and he is an English as a second language student. I think because of his lack of knowledge in English it was never assumed he was so smart.
We had to give tests to see where the kids were in relation to grade level. I gave a test that spanned from first to twelfth grade math questions. (I teach fifth). The kid aced the test. I’m talking geometry and algebraic equations for seniors in high school. I was floored.
I then gave him some “extra homework” with some college level problems and he passed. This is a kid with a broken home life his parents don’t speak English, he barely speaks English and he is killing it in Math. In the meantime I’m brushing up on my advanced mathematics to help him. (noturmomma)