Albert Einstein credited his successes to curiosity, persistence, hard work and diplomacy. Average students displaying these traits can outperform others over the long term, especially when parents and teachers encourage those qualities.
Curiosity, diplomacy, persistence and hard work are the qualities which are synonymous with Einstein. His teachers always remarked that he was way too stupid to learn anything. He was branded with the title of ‘non productive’. He was successively fired from two jobs for the same reason. He failed a thousand times before successfully inventing the light bulb.
These four qualities always helped him to overcome all sorts of criticisms and failures in his life. He ultimately made great contributions in the field of science for which we are thankful to him till date.
Parents always want their child to be a prodigy. They want their children to be as knowledgeable as Einstein. But at times, a child may just not be blessed with extraordinary wits. For this very reason he is denied from several opportunities which are highly exploited by his lucky coevals. What we fail to understand is that these average witted children might have fully developed other skills which are highly needed to excel in life.
Skills like persistence, diplomacy, vigilance, diligence, perseverance and curiosity might be just innate to them. Such students are capable of outperforming others in the long run, especially if parents and teachers continuously support and motivate them. There are several ways to transform an average witted student into an Einstein.
1) Brain Exercises – Different games are designed to sharpen the brain. They can increase alertness, analyzing power and thinking power. You can always play games like chess, scrabble etc. with your student. You can also make him analyze different charts and tables on a regular basis. Try to familiarize children with magazines, newspapers and novels.
Increase their ability to play with words by making them write essays regularly. There may be some problems in the beginning. But ultimately, these exercises will pay off well in the future.
2) Critical Thinking – Many countries like India don’t have an education system which increases the critical thinking of students. In such a situation, it becomes extremely important to train the brain of students in such a manner that they are able to improve their critical thinking. The best way to improve critical thinking is to analyze a problem from every angle.
Games like Civilization, Homeworld, StarCraft and XCOM: Enemy Unknown can be very useful in this case. The idea is to go into the depths of a particular subject and not to simply solve the problem. It actually involves solving the problem by applying the best possible solution.
3) Meditation – For many children, poor concentration is their worst enemy. Yoga and meditation are two concentration enhancing activities which are not taken seriously by the general public. But scientific studies suggest that thirty minutes of meditation per day greatly enhances memory and concentration in students. Not only it will help a child to get better scores in exams but will also make studies a fun activity.
4) Deduction Sciences – We are all aware that Sherlock Holmes uses deduction sciences to solve crime cases. My point is that children’s minds should be trained to maintain high vigilance and good observation skills. Teach your students to be observant. He should watch channels like Discovery and Nat Geo to get a greater insight in to different subjects.
Healthy eating and sleeping habits should never be ruled out in order to have a sharper mind. Keeping a child’s brain sharp and agile is an arduous task and it has become even more difficult today because of the growing relevance of electronic and smart devices which causes electronic overload in children.
Due to this, children are continuously getting away from brain and body stimulating activities.
It is the duty of teachers and parents to ensure that their children are able to increase and modify their intelligence with time. This step is extremely crucial if we want our children to be independent and successful at later stages of life.