Jamshedpur: If a chid has a high IQ (Intelligence Quotient) then he should be given tough challenges to solve. Similarly if someone is below average with a low IQ then he should be treated with special care.
Over 70 school principals and faculty members from various ICSE and CBSE schools across Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Ranchi and Kiriburu learnt about different ways to tackle a child with varying IQs during a first-of-its-kind Principal’s Summit at a Bistupur hotel on Tuesday.
Organised jointly by Delhi-based Institute of Counsellor Training Research and Consultancy (ICTRC) and DBMS Kadma High School, the topic of the summit was ‘Students at Risk- identification, prevention and intervention’.
Acclaimed Delhi-based education psychologist V.S. Ravindran, who is also the director general of ICTRC, addressed the principals. Chairperson of board of trustees for DBMS group Bhanumathi Neelakantan, joint chairpersons of DBMS Schools B. Chandrashekhar and Lalita Chandrashekhar, principal of DBMS Kadma High School Meena Bugli, among others, were also present on the occasion.
“The objective of the summit was to equip school principals with necessary knowledge, skills and attitude that will help in dealing a child with different needs,” said Bugli.
Ravindran further elaborated on how every child is different and should be dealt differently and why it’s necessary for teachers to act as counsellors while dealing with students.
“An average student has an IQ varying from 90 to 109. The ones with higher IQ can’t be treated at par with average students, so they should be given tough challenges to solve. Similarly those with low IQ, specially the ones with IQ between 50 and 70, should be dealt with special care,” said Ravindran.
Principals further asked questions on how to cater to the aspirations of parents and what role can teachers play in the overall development of a student.
“Today I learnt that there should be a curriculum for teachers to deal with students. Beyond academics, we need to cater to the emotional development of a child as well,” said Hill Top School principal Puneeta B. Chouhan.