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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Other Achievement

Other Achievement: when your child doesn't achieve where you hope.  Call it underachievement.  Or non-scholastic achievement.  Or scholastic non-achievement. What is a parent or teacher to do when the gifted child they know and love isn't accomplishing in school what we know they can? And other achievement isn't just about gifted kids... what about gifted adults?  Gifted elders?  We all achieve, but it's not always what others are expecting!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including How and When to Ask For Help and The "G" Word

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

 
My16th Fear: Never Having a College Degree by Jen, repurposed genealogy
When comparing my attainments to those of my gifted peers, I feel like a slacker, but I shouldn't. My dreams for the future weren't to be a cardiovascular surgeon, Harvard Law graduate, or physician. Those dreams belonged to my friends, and I'm proud that they've met them.

At nearly 40...
 
Elusive Love Affair: Achievement from an Elder’s Perspective by Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
For most gifted elders, achievement – or perceived underachievement – has been like an elusive love affair, wrought with periods of intense creative productivity and hindered at times by the realities of the human condition. It is my observation that this is the path travelled by many gifted elders. Allow me to explain...
 
Gifted Achievement: Breaking Free of that Proverbial Box by Catie, My Little Poppies
The word gifted conjures images of neatly wrapped packages. It implies that you have been given something, something that gives you a leg-up over others.

Something better.

But the thing is, gifted children are not better than their peers, they are just different. And just like other populations that differ significantly from the norm, gifted children need support in order to thrive...
 
Bachelor of Bouncing, Doctor of Daydreaming by Jo on Sprite's Site
Columbus Cheetah had the Feetspeak Quest map and Prof Francoys Gagne’s DMGT model diagram spread out and was trying to plot a path for Sprite from innate giftedness to fully developed talent.

“We can provide her with support and make opportunities available” Columbus was saying “But there are still speed humps and difficulties to overcome. Being 2E does complicate matters...
 
Other Achievements by Adventures of Hahn Academy
Despite what people think, many who are gifted don’t achieve within the traditional school comparisons. Yes, they have high IQ’s and some even crazy high IQ’s, but some hide in the cracks or actually fail in school. Not all gifted students get straight A’s. Not all gifted students are even motivated by grades. Not all gifted students are excellent test takers...
 
Pressure, Paralysis And Your Great Potential by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
Have people repeatedly accused you of not living up to your potential? Were you called an underachiever when your grades in school were not A's? Are people shocked and disappointed that you didn't become a Nobel prize winning neurosurgeon? Are you convinced that all of the talk of giftedness was not meant for you and your real IQ test must've been eaten by aliens?...
 
Who is the gifted underachiever? Four types of underachievement by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Most young gifted children are a ball of energy, full of life, curious, intense, and driven. Then reality sets in. They confront the limitations of school, peer pressure, others' expectations and their own fears, and some scale back their drive. Their intrinsic love of learning seems to vanish overnight...
 
The Catch-22 of Gifted Underachievement by The Fissure
Imagine you’re a school counselor, and you have parents sitting in your office. They say their child isn’t being challenged in school. They ask you to arrange higher level differentiation, enrichment, or subject acceleration.

At home, they say, the child shows ability far above her grade level. Prior testing identified her for gifted services. You agree to investigate options, and you speak to the child’s teacher... who shows you the child’s work. It’s full of careless errors, some of it is incomplete, and the child’s grades have dropped...
 
The Path to Achievement by The Common Mom
We had her tested and when we got the results of the IQ tests, whoa. This kid has potential.
Potential is one heavy word. Potential means possibilities. Big possibilities. Maybe game changer possibilities. It's like finding out your pee-wee football player has the same potential as Peyton Manning. She is capable of so much and as a parent it’s my job to help her get there. No pressure.

How do you change all that raw potential into achievement?
 
Rethinking Achievement | Helping Gifted Kids Thrive at Home by Colleen on Raising Lifelong Learners
Raising a lifelong learner takes courage, and a certain trust in following your gifted child’s lead. Remember that gifted children think differently than same age, neurotypical children. They are asynchronous and often have their own agendas...
 
Giftedness and the Myth of Meritocracy by Gift-Ed Connections
You see, I live and work in a system purports that “good grades” will get you into “good schools” which in turn will get you the “good jobs” and if you learn this early, the world is yours. Most believe for a gifted student, this should be a piece of cake and for many it is. The problem with propagating this myth is that there are no guarantees and what happens when the curveballs or dead ends come? What happens when an individual fails to see the myth and instead believes that the failing is in themselves? Do we have a responsibility to debunk myths?
 
Move the Rock by Aurora Remember
One of the concepts I really appreciated was the idea of "moving the rock." When asked what he would do if he knew that someone he was really frustrated with was doing the best he could, a man said, "Then move the rock."

When asked to explain, he said, "I have to stop kicking the rock. I need to move it. It's hurting both of us..."
 
Beyond Achievement by Ann Grahl, Supporting Gifted Learners
As a high school senior, he was finally nearing the place he’d wanted to be since kindergarten—somewhere else. Institutionalized education was never a good fit, and he was ready to break out. But his fantasized version of the afterlife crashed into dull reality—when his scorned daydreaming became unappreciated vision...
 

 
If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated June 01, 2016


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