The older we get the easier it is to frame our experiences, measure their significance and contextualize them. The “little stuff”—that we can’t spell or do algebra to save our lives—is easier to brush off because we have a better sense of where our strengths and weaknesses lie. We also know more about how the world works. So what if we have to consult spell check before we hit “send.” So what if we can’t find X. We can still balance our checkbooks, can’t we?
For struggling students, though, these minor inconveniences feel tragic. Obviously we have a responsibility to help them improve in the subjects they struggle with. Likewise, we are obliged to help them unearth their special talent and contextualize their struggles.
Below is a video you might consider sharing with your students. We’ll admit that it’s a bit campy; nonetheless, it still serves as a fine allegory about the importance of individuality.