It was one of those stories that just stuck with me.
I was attending the in-service meeting with my fellow teachers for a new school year.
I’d been teaching for few years, but I was particularly inspired by this account.
Teachers in a middle school were given all sorts of paperwork and handouts in preparation for a new school year.
One particular teacher was especially excited to see his student roster along with their IQ scores.
What an intelligent group he was to have this year! In fact, this may be the smartest group of kids he’d had the chance to teach.
As the year went along, this teacher and his students excelled. There had never been a better year for his students or for his teaching career.
In fact, the principal came to the teacher after the yearly achievement tests were over and wanted to know what was going on. These particular students had never scored higher on the tests.
Their improvement was phenomenal!
The teacher just explained that he pushed these bright kids, and they performed better than he ever could have expected.
With such high IQ’s already, his job was really quite easy.
The principal looked at him in disbelief and asked, “What are you talking about?”
He was quick to explain that he was thrilled to have been given these smart kids. To get that sheet at the start of the school year with their names and their high IQ’s was amazing to him.
With a smile and a little chuckle, that principle explained, “Sir, those were not those students’ IQ scores; these are some of our lowest performing students in our entire school. That list you got was a list of their locker numbers!”
Both the teacher and the principal learned an important lesson through the experience: students will usually rise to our level of expectation.
Expect great things (and most of the time) people will achieve great things.
For this reason, I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful program that is raising the bar and expecting more for disadvantaged, neglected, and low-income kids.
It’s called “The Belief Gap,” and they are doing amazing things for students.
The “Belief Gap” is the gulf between what students can achieve and what others believe they can achieve,
Here’s a short video to give you a little peek into this program:
Also, you can find out more about this positive and encouraging program by clicking this link:
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Because I love kids, I love education, and I love a good underdog story, it’s been my joy to share this story with you today as my gift to The Education Post and “The Belief Gap.”
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