Matching IQ with Classroom Performance - Part II
By Andrew Loh
Several issues arise when you are trying to manage children who have
very high IQs. Supporting their needs and requirements within the
ambience of your home can be challenging. However, most of these
children with higher IQs face innumerable problems in their
classrooms where they find learning process difficult. Matching
classroom performance with their innate intelligence becomes
challenging for both parents and teachers. Teachers may need to
address the problems of children with higher IQs and take care of
educational needs. Educating such children with the best of their
abilities is the most suitable solution for parents and teachers.
When the apparent high IQ values do not match classroom performance,
a child may face innumerable problems that may include strictures
from the teachers, social isolation and possible depression. A very
bright child who is very efficient in reading, writing and other
classroom work may actually be a problem in the classroom. You can
ask any teacher about a child who has very high IQ values. Most of
these children possess a rare trait of giftedness that travels
beyond being able to read Marvel comics! Young gifted ones are
extremely agile and hungry for more information. They can be very
curious as well! They always ask hundreds of questions in the
classroom with renewed vigor. These children always want to know why
certain things happen and what causes those things to happen.
Children with very high IQ have an agile mind that always travels
beyond the usual classroom blackboard and books. Their sense of
things around makes them absent-minded and forlorn. They learn very
quickly at a rapid pace and they can even remember too! Ordinary and
mundane things can bore them to the verge of frustration. They can
even be very noisy and moody according to the emerging situation.
However, not all these characters are really problems for these
children. They find themselves isolated or solitary in a boring
classroom that they feel is very common and ordinary. Such students
may find themselves disharmonious with their studies and that may
eventually lead to average classroom performance. Experts call this
situation as "non-matching IQ with average classroom performance".
Is there way to bring up these children to the mainstream classroom
activities so that they can perform better academically, at least in
the theoretical sense? Yes, it is possible for you as well as your
The first obvious step is to recognize that your child is gifted and
has a very high IQ. However, recognizing giftedness in your children
is another difficult issue and you may wish to consult an expert to
detect it well in advance before your children start attending their
classes. Recognizing and nurturing giftedness is very difficult. A
gifted child can find his or her abilities diminish in an
environment that is not positive enough for their growth. One of the
most important steps to consider is to meet the immediate needs and
requirements of children with high IQ is the fine tune them to the
general ambience of the classroom. Integrating them with the general
ambience of the classroom and with other students seems to be the
first real step.
Here are some practical suggestions and ideas for designing a bright
child friendly classroom environment:
Bright children never like ordinary! They want something extra that
keeps them in constant attention and engagement. Teachers and
parents may wish to provide extra activities that relate to the
daily lesson. These activities help them to try their own
experimentation and improvements.
Help these children become the leader of the classroom, so that they
can lead others with their superior abilities.
Provide them enough challenging environments. Make sure that the
curriculum includes challenging lessons that go beyond the ordinary.
Make them participate in the daily classroom activities. Let them
think that they are part of the classroom.
Let the bright and intelligent children handle quiz and competition
sessions for other students. Ensure that they lead the pack of other
students with their wisdom and intelligence.
Include general activities like music, story competition, drama and
speech in the curriculum so that these children can get their share
Assign homework based on their special abilities and talents.
Encourage them to explore their own world with sundry lesson plans
However, let them know and understand they need to adhere to the
general rules of the classroom so that they can be a part of the
Let them be creative! Supply them tools and amenities required for
performing creative activities.
Most of these children are actually very fragile and sensitive. You
may need to know and understand their minds before creating any
teaching or classroom plans. In the end, you can have a bright child
who is active, smart, intelligent and performing according to the
expectations of teachers and their classrooms.
Parent's Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education
By David Palmer
This book gives parents an insider's look at how the
selection process for special programs really works. It
answers questions such as how schools identify gifted
students and who is tested and why. It also discusses the
question of whether gifted classes are right for your child.
It reveals what the signs of giftedness are and why every
parent should recognize the signs of this as well as
This book presents the common discussion of what an IQ score
means and if there is a down side to having a high IQ, and
if there are special programs available for bright kids with
learning disabilities. This book is necessary for all
parents and grandparents.