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What To Do With Students Who Are Way Too Smart For School?

OrtizBy Jenny Ortiz

Smart-ass. Too harsh? We’v all had the wise guy, the smart aleck, the know it all in the class who spends more time disrupting the class than learning. They’re smart but they end up either failing the course or passing by the skin of their teeth because they’re too smart for the class.

Every professor has experienced this kind of student, but as a Freeway Flyer, I’ve discovered that I experience these students more often than most. For example, last semester I had three of them. Surprisingly, getting them motivated is quite simple but I did have to put in extra time and effort. The know it all, the smart aleck, and the smart ass became terms of pride not of frustration.

Before I can explain how I went about helping my three students last semester, I have to explain the first student I met who was far more intelligent than the class. We met at LaGuardia Community College in an English remedial course. From the first day, it was obvious that this student was well read, and his writing was superb.  It was obvious he would pass the ACT exam, but he was so bored with

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