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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Underachievers
Underachievers. Who are
they? How do you identify them, or are you misidentifying them? What
does underachievement mean to you? Is it the gifted child who
refuses to achieve in school? Is it the child who writes amazing
stories, perhaps books, but refuses to write his 5-paragraph essay
homework? Is it the gifted adult who never got a college degree? The lawyer, a member of the bar, respected in their practice, who
chooses to stay home and raise their children?
Once defined, what can you do as the parent of an underachiever? As the underachiever yourself? Read these great blogs to understand
underachievement, and perhaps to find a few ideas, a few
suggestions, a tidbit that will change the tide.
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you don't live up to your potential by Jen,
- My friend is a stay-at-home mom. She spends her time volunteering at her
children's schools, and matching endless pairs of socks. She has a law
degree from Duke. Another friend is a recovering addict with a rap sheet,
seasonally employed as landscaper. He's a genius.
What happens when you don't live up to your potential? More importantly, how
do you balance your idea of underachievement versus what the world, family
members, or friends consider your potential as a gifted person? It isn't
I've written about facing my own personal struggle with underachievement,
and never having a college degree...
of Underachievement in Successful Students by
Jill Williford Wurman, Director of Research,
The Grayson School
- When we think of gifted underachievement, the example that springs to
mind most readily is a student who is clearly capable of producing work of a
remarkable quality, but who is simply refusing to engage at school. They are
ostensibly doing the work but not actually putting in any significant
effort. However, perhaps less obvious, yet all too common, is the
successful, well-adjusted student that causes no worry or concern for their
parents or teachers because their high grades and strong social skills make
everything appear to be going swimmingly...
You Have a Rainforest Mind? Why Does it Matter? by Paula Prober,
Your Rainforest Mind
- What is a rainforest mind? Do you have one? Do you want one? Might it be
better to have a meadow mind or a corn field mind? Simpler. Quieter.
Predictable. Organized. Productive, but not overwhelmingly so. Beautiful,
but not a sensory overload extravaganza.
Think about it. The rainforest. Your jungle mind. Overflowing with intense,
lush, teeming life. Noisy.
Dense. Diverse. Vibrant.
Abundant. Sensitive. Resource-full. Majestic. Flamboyant. Rotting.
Always in flux. Providing support for all beings on the planet.
I know that you might not feel majestic. Maybe you're not obviously
flamboyant. Perhaps you have days when dense and rotting are
the best descriptors. Maybe you're not supporting all beings on the planet.
Kids and the Rejection of External Motivation by
Heather in Wonder Schooling
- Gifted kids are funny.
When they're motivated, personally invested in something, the sky is no
longer the limit. These kids take off. They blow past our expectations and
leave us in the dust, trying to figure out where they've gone. When they're
not motivated, these kids are rocks. Boulders, actually. Immovable...
Achievement by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- If you had asked me to write this post in 1989, I would have been much
more prepared. I had a folder on “underachievement” about an inch thick
because one of my children sometimes performed about four grade levels below
why your child is underachieving by
Gail Post in
- Any child who struggles in school is a challenge and a heartbreak for
parents. But when gifted children veer off-course, it can be especially
troubling. We know what they are capable of, yet watch helplessly as they
squander their talents and potential.
- Underachievement springs from a variety of sources. You can't solve the
problem without understanding its cause...
Underachievement: A Story in Process by
- One of the great conundrums in gifted education, and in education in
general, is the case of the underachiever. Why would an individual with so
much potential choose not to achieve in school? They are certainly bright
enough to see the advantages of achievement: social inclusion and
acceptance, academic recognition, enhanced opportunities and eventual
economic success. For those of us in education who regularly bear witness to
the positive effects of school achievement, what appears to be the flagrant
disregard of this by those who are capable can be perplexing...
Underachievers: A Contrarian Position or Two by
- Things I know about gifted underachievers:...
Things I know about not
helping gifted underachievers:...
What research tells us about the causes of underachievement among gifted
What research tells us about helping gifted underachievers:...
Thanks a bunch, Josh. Now what should be do?
- Don’t blame your kid. There is a pretty good chance that if succeeding
academically were a matter of volition, you would have a child who was
- Don’t blame the school or yourselves at this point, either...
Underachievement and the Gifted Child by
Caring for the Gifted Child
- What does it mean to “underachieve?” In everyday vocabulary, we substitute
the word “failure” for underachievement, and rarely, if ever, do we see the
word underachieve in newspapers and magazines. How are we then to understand
what it means to underachieve?
However, considering the intense perfectionism that drives Gifted Children,
it seems appropriate to consider the notion of underachievement as it
relates to this population with special needs. And, to consider it from the
perspective of children.
Most often, Gifted Children are acutely aware of their perceived limits and
shortcomings, especially when comparing their work with others who are more
qualified, including adults...
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April 05, 2019