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"Why is it that so many gifted children suffer so wide a breach
between potential and performance? What is it that causes so many gifted
children to lose this spark? What can be done to rekindle it? How can the
energy be channeled after it is rekindled?" Webb, Meckstroth and
the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers
Our Children Remain Gifted?
by Andi Stix
- The energy you invested to instill a sense of passion in your preschooler
seems wasted now that your child is susceptible to other influences. And you
realize that just because your child was bright or gifted at the elementary
level does not ensure that he or she will grow up to be a highly productive
adult. What causes the shut-down in creative ability as children age? What
can we do about gifted underachievement?
Conflict and Underachievement
by Joanne Rand Whitmore
- Though out of print, this text's research is included in every book and
research paper concerning twice exceptional and underachieving gifted populations
that has followed. A must have for all researchers, parents, and or
teachers who are concerned about or deal with highly able students that have
by Anna Caveney
- Poor motivational health - an acquired form of self-sabotage that
mystifies observers and humiliates suffers... [handouts from Anna's
Prism Metaphor: A New Paradigm for Reversing Underachievement
Susan M. Baum, Joseph S. Renzulli, & Thomas Hébert
- Unlike the remedial approaches which usually are
offered to underachievers, the successful approaches tend to be
child-centered, accentuate student strengths and value student interests.
These approaches stress the process of learning as well as the final
product. Learning is seen as an active process in which students choose to
learn instead of passively taking notes and completing tests. Likewise
research on high ability students in general has indicated that the highest
levels of student productivity often occur when students are engaged in
self-selected investigations. In other words, allowing students to pursue
topics of strong and sometimes even passionate interest often results in
high levels of achievement... (requires Adobe Reader)
from the Inside Out
by Josh Shaine
- Perhaps the most upsetting part of being an underachiever with a lot of
potential is the accusation, first from your parents and then from yourself,
that you are somehow doing "it" intentionally...
Bright Kids Get Poor Grades And What You Can Do About It: A Six-Step Program
for Parents and Teachers
by Sylvia B.
- Millions of gifted children
with average, above-average, or even gifted abilities--including those from
homes where education is valued--simply do not perform up to their
capabilities. Spells out a practical, six-step program...
underachievement among the gifted: Students' perceptions of factors that
reverse the pattern by Linda
- Investigates factors which had influenced the reversal of the
underachievement pattern in 10 gifted students, ages 14 to 20, who moved from
chronic underachievement to academic success. Results indicate six factors
were influential in reversing poor school performance. There is evidence that
some gifted underachievers may respond well to interventions incorporating
educational modifications which focus on individual strengths and interests...
Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating Your Underachieving Child
by Michael D. Whitley
- For any parent who has ever been told, "your child
isn't performing up to his or her potential," this book has the answer, a proven
ten-step program to motivate underachieving children
With the Needs of Underachieving Gifted Students in a Suburban School
District: What Works! by Ceil Frey
- How do we determine who these underachievers are? Over the years, we have
found underachievers to fall into a variety of categories...
with the Stereotype of Underachievement by James R. Delisle
- I would suggest another look, a different look, at this so-called
Underachievers: New Strategies to Guide Kids (8-18) to Personal Excellence
by Peter A. Spevak and Maryann Karinch
- ...equips parents and teachers with
the information and processes they need to engage underachievers in a
transformation to become self-motivated, responsible and happy individuals
with underachievement by R. Schultz
- School is not a caring experience for many students. They are not received
based on their underlying needs or desires. The worth of school to many
students is waning but teachers and administrators can quell the deterioration
by providing students an active role including choice and control in their
Overt Behavior to Developing Potential: The Gifted Underachiever by Josh
- Gifted underachievers are usually lumped in with the rest of a school's
malcontents. This tendency leads to disregard of the effects of that
decision, for both the children and society. The children develop low
self-esteem, while either under-utilizing or misapplying their abilities...
Off My Brain: A Survival Guide for Lazy* Students (*Bored, Frustrated, and
Otherwise Sick of School) by Randall McCutcheon
- Aimed at bright, talented kids who are bored, frustrated, and otherwise
sick of school, including so-called "underachievers," Get Off My
Brain is an offbeat, unconventional study guide
and Learning Disabled: Twice Exceptional Students by Dawn Beckley
- There are at least three subgroups of twice-exceptional students whose
dual exceptionality remains unacknowledged...
A Motivational Perspective in the
Duke Gifted Letter
- True or false?
All of these statements are accepted by many as true. However, as evidence has
accumulated over the past decade, another view has been gaining credence
that portrays giftedness as a more dynamic quality that can grow or
stagnate. With this outlook comes a shift in emphasis from how to identify
gifted children to how to cultivate giftedness and talent—a change in focus
from measurement psychology to cognitive and motivational psychology...
|Some people are born gifted, and others are not.|
|You can tell who will be gifted from early on.|
|Gifted children should be labeled and praised for their brains and talent.|
and Academic Underachievement: What lies beneath by Andrew Mahoney
An example within clinical counseling of a highly gifted 19-year-old male
student whose academic capabilities fall in the 99.9th percentile. He
entered therapy with a desire to understand his presenting problem of
academic decline over the past several years of high school as well as to
deal with the impact of his decline, both on his emotional development and
his academic future... an analyzed transcript
underachievement: oxymoron or educational enigma? by Barbara
Gifted Child Today ($)
A survey of the current literature demonstrates that educators disagree
about the issue of gifted underachievement—not only in the definition, but
the very legitimacy of gifted underachievement as a category of academic
behavior. There are at least three subgroups of twice-exceptional students whose
dual exceptionality remains unacknowledged...
Gifted Underachiever - Marching to a Different Drummer? by Talu
Robertson, in Encouraging
Achievement - Gifted Education Resources: EAGER
There are at least three subgroups of twice-exceptional students whose
dual exceptionality remains unacknowledged...
Kids Get Organized: Some Suggestions for Parents by Ellen D. Fiedler
Bright kids often are “organizationally-challenged.” In fact, the brighter
they are, the more likely it is that they will have issues with organization
(or, more likely, the grown-ups in their lives will have concerns about
their not being organized). Among the reasons for this are: a) they have
good memories and, for awhile anyway, are able to rely on remembering where
they saw something last,... Some strategies that may work are...
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a Virtual AP Course Changed Her Son by Jay Matthews, Washington Post
Unlike the middle-school classes in which he apparently coasted, Matthew
saw AP biology as authentic. For him, it was exciting to jump ahead of his
peers. "His attitude toward school and study is very different now,"
she said. "Matthew now talks confidently...
Academic Achievement Study by NRC/GT at UConn
NRC/GT has developed five intervention strategies for
Self-Regulation intervention. Includes slides and video clips,
with great strategies!
Your Underachiever Lazy, Dumb, or Unappreciated? by Christine Duvivier
If your teen is in the bottom 80% of the class, you may have been told –
or thought– that she is “an underachiever” (a polite way of saying lazy or
dumb). Underachiever compared to what? Compared to the narrowly-defined
measures of school performance or compared to the abilities that will help
her to thrive in life? In my opinion, your child is not
under-achieving. I think your child is under-appreciated...
in School by Ty Rainey
Most seem to have been born with a love for learning (I think everyone
is), and started school with high hopes. Then came the experiences that told
them *they* weren't supposed to learn in school... And they were told only
that this was "wrong," or that they needed to turn their brain off until the
others caught up
A Difference: Motivating Gifted Students Who Are Not Achieving by Del
Siegle and D. Betsy McCoach
Underachievement has at least four potential underlying causes, each
requiring different intervention strategies. Educators should attempt
to isolate the origin of the underachievement. Gifted students who are
have difficulty with school should be screened for a wide variety of ...
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The Miseducation of
Our Gifted Children by Ellen Winner
Gifted children are usually bored and unengaged in school; they tend to be
highly critical of their teachers, who they feel know less than they do, and
they are often underachievers...
goal orientations of intellectually gifted achieving and underachieving
students in the United Arab Emirates by Mohamed A
Investigate the differences between intellectually gifted achieving and
underachieving secondary school students on certain motivational goal
orientations such as effort, task, competition, power, praise, feedback,
token, social concern, and social dependency...
Problem or Hidden Disability? by Meredith Warshaw
"Your child's so smart - she could do that if only she'd try"...
Children who look like they have "motivational problems" may have undiagnosed
special needs. A few of the hidden disabilities that can make children seem
like they "would rather stare at the ceiling than do serious work"...
Underachievement by Dr. Suzanne Schneider, for PAGE
Underachievement is a pervasive problem which results in a tremendous
waste of human potential in this country, even among our most able students.
Studies have generally shown the dropout rate among gifted high school
students enrolled in regular public schools to be somewhere between 10 and
Strategies to Motivate Underachieving Gifted Students by Del Siegle
There is no silver bullet to motivate gifted children; however, parents
can use the strategies mentioned here to begin to create an environment in
which their children feel confident about themselves and value
Procrastinator's Guide to the Galaxy, and Other Important Spots in the
Deirdre V. Lovecky
Procrastinators actually come from an alternate
universe, one in which time is elastic. In their universe, time infinitely
expands to allow them to complete things whenever they get to them. It also
contracts allowing them to actually experience little pain from negative
consequences. In this universe, there is always reward and never much
punishment. Thus, they can play the day away, confident that they will be
able to get that report finished before bedtime, and will suffer absolutely
no agony in doing it. The Procrastinators Universe is a happy one...
a positive achievement attitude with gifted and talented students by
Del Siegle and D. Betsy McCoach
The results of an analysis suggested that gifted
underachievers differed from achievers on four factors: attitudes toward
teachers, attitudes toward school, goal valuation, and
motivation/self-regulation. Guidance for the design of such
interventions comes from research in the field of educational psychology on
four characteristics of achievers: self-efficacy, environmental perceptions,
goal orientation, and self-regulation...
Punished by Rewards:
The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie
Shows how rewards of all sorts undermine our efforts to teach students,
manage workers, and raise children...For more in Kohn's own words, listen to
Kids with School Problems: Things to Know and Ways to Help by Priscilla
"Conundrum kids" -- the superb writer who can't add, the talented speech
maker who can't write legibly. Provides practical suggestions and ideas for
parents trying to decide when the child should start school and teachers
trying to cope. Also covers students up through college and deals with the
topics of visual learning, motor functioning, auditory learning, language
and learning, and psychological problems, plus strategies for dealing with
standardized tests the world of college...
Study Skills and Learning Strategies to Therapists, Teachers, and Tutors: How
to Give Help and Hope to Disorganized Students by Diane Newton
If students are to have organization, study skills and learning strategies
at the point when they need them, the skills have to be taught ahead of time.
By middle school, or certainly no later than high school, students need
specific instruction, demonstration, ample practice, and in many cases careful
Smart for good? by Michael Duff (requires free registration)Some of the most brilliant people I
know secretly believe they're stupid. They're always rushing from place to
place, agonizing over tests, scrambling to find rare books, poised over their
computer screens waiting for grades to be posted...
produce or not to produce? Understanding boredom and the honor in
underachievement by Lannie Kanevsky & Tacey Keighley, in
Gifted Child Today ($)
Explores factors contributing to the boredom of gifted high school
students who had gradually disengaged from classroom learning. Evidence from
three case studies provides a rich sense of the complexities of this process.
The core findings: (1) learning is the opposite of boredom, and (2) learning
is the antidote to boredom...
Gifted Minority Students: Problems and Promises
(ERIC Digest #544) by
Donna Y. Ford and Antoinette Thomas
While there is a clear need to increase the participation of minority
students in gifted education programs, there is an equally important need to
focus on issues of achievement and underachievement. ...discusses factors
affecting the achievement of gifted minority students, with particular
attention to Black students...
and Learning Disabilities in Children Who Are Gifted by Steven G. Zecker
It comes as a surprise to many people to hear that learning disabilities
are as prevalent in the gifted population as in the general population, yet
there is nothing in the definition of learning disabilities (or in their
diagnosis) to preclude the gifted from this category
in Exceptionally Gifted Adolescents and Young Adults: A Psychiatrist’s View
by Jerald Grobman
It is crucial for educators to differentiate between issues related to
academic motivation and special needs related to students' disabilities that
may be unrecognized by many classroom teachers. research is summarized and
suggestions about interventions are made...
(ERIC Digest #478) by James R. Delisle and Sandra L. Berger
There is perhaps no situation more frustrating for parents or teachers
than living or working with children who do not perform as well academically
as their potential indicates they can...
Gifted Students: A Mother's Perspective by Pamela Hunter-Braden
The problem of identifying underachievers reminds me of a quote ascribed
to a supreme court justice about the definition of obscenity: "I can't
tell you what it is, but I know it when I see it."
What looks like underachievement in a gifted child is often really an
undiagnosed learning disability or other special need. This site provides
information for families of gifted/special needs children and those who work
educators of gifted learners need to know about ...
Association of Educators of Gifted, Talented and Creative Children in B.C.
March 30, 2012