How to explain to teachers of a grammar school what high intelligence means for life and how it works out in educational settings? This was a challenge that Mensa took up this week in front of a group of 40 teachers in the city of Gouda.
We used two movies, a top-down presentation and interactive groups sessions in order to make the teachers enthusiast for the challenges that highly intelligent students offer. It was a good method to get the message across. The more they spoke about it, the more the teachers realized that they have already quite some experience but that there is more work to be done.
How to make students who show average results but could be excellent, work at their level; and how to create time as a teacher to help these students, since a lot of time is already used by students with bad results. Why do students who are very intelligent, have to leave school because they don’t seem to be able to learn simple things like words and grammar in Greek? Being highly intelligent is no automatic guarantee for success; every talent needs to be fostered and high intelligence can ask for specific paths to follow.
It was a pilot for Mensa The Netherlands to visit this school and it convinced us that there is much more work to be done!