Originally Posted by callmebob By 4th grade they should have that function. But part of it is about smarts. Whether we want to admit it or not, some students are smarter than others. And this can be evaluated in 3rd grade? Help. Counting on fingers is not an indicator of intelligence. You might not realize how your statement sounds to others. It sounds very elitist and condemning. Memorizing basic facts and spitting them out is not an indicator of intelligence. Those quick, easy-to-learn students make us feel like we are doing our job. They make the day go more smoothly. Those who struggle force us to pull patience and creativity out of ourselves. They challenge us to find a new way to present lessons so they can understand and advance. They can be exhausting. But they are not "Un-smart!"