These little kids were way above average
I had a precocious, exceedingly talented music major who learned and memorized piano music prolifically. Other than natural aptitude, what made him stand apart was his positive attitude and receptivity to coaching and correction, as necessary.
Each week, I’d give him more and more challenging pieces to learn, and he’d come back with them under his fingers, close to note-perfect and played stylistically correct.
He recently completed his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in performance and is now in demand as a professional musician. (Back2Bach)
Doing Well at Cornell
I teach Algebra 2 Advanced at a rural public school- usually Sophomores.
Well, one year I got a freshman girl in my class. Whatever, there have been freshman in my class before, so I wasn’t too thrown off.
The freshman girl had finished Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4. In a week. I was floored. That was around 250 topics. That put her about 70% of the way done with the course. I asked her about it. “I was going to do more, but I decided that was enough.”
She ended up finishing Algebra 2 in like 3 weeks and then moved on to an online self-paced Pre-Calculus course. She finished that before the end of the first semester. She decided to take half of the Calculus course during the second semester and finished it over the summer. The girl ended up finishing through like Linear Algebra or Differential Equations by the end of her high school career and ended up going to Cornell.
Apparently she was also incredibly gifted in every other class and was taking college English and science courses as an upperclassmen. I assume she’s doing well at Cornell. (teacherthrowaway1334)
One of my professors taught a gifted class. Her first assignment was for them to do a collage of what they want to do when they grow up. One student, who in particular creeped her out already, brought up his collage for her to look at. It had space things and an astronaut, but she couldn’t figure out which way was up or down on it so she kept flipping it around.
After a bit of trying to figure it out she finally asked him what he wants to do. He said, “I want to control people.” His goal with the collage was to make her flip it around and then ask him about it. She’s still in contact with him today, like twenty years later, and he’s still insanely smart. (cuurlyn)