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Underachieving Gifted Students

For EDU 354--Gifted and Talented Education

Rebecca Christensen

on 20 February 2013

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Transcript of Underachieving Gifted Students

Defining Underachievement Adjusting to Giftedness Supporting GT Underachievers Underachieving Gifted Students Defining, Adjusting, Identifying, and supporting gifted students. "Discrepancy between a student's performance in school and some index of that student's ability." Especially a struggle for adolescents
Wrestling with perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, rejection from peers, competition, and confusion. Three types of strategies:
1) Supportive
--show you care
--include students in the group
2) Intrinsic
--allow for input on rules/responsibilities
--help them evaluate their own work
3) Remedial
--DON'T compare GT students to others (teach them how to handle imperfections)
--individual tutoring in struggling areas Student Grades
Teacher Evaluations Standardized Achievement Tests
Intellectual Ability Assessments Depends on the definition of giftedness Obstacles Ownership
Giving to others
Taking risks
Competing expectations
Premature Identity Identity Development Very few models to help teachers
Gifted Identity Formation Model
--Affinity Identifying Underachieving Students Characteristics: aggressive, withdrawn, or passively compliant
Spatially Gifted
Minority Students High IQ score
Lack of effort
A skill deficit in at least one subject area
Frequently unfinished work
Inattentiveness to current task
Low self-esteem
Poor work and study habits
Intense interest in one area
Seeming inability to concentrate --Use images to express thoughts and solve problems
--In contrast: Language skills are typically how schools measure achievement Weaknesses Strengths and Weaknesses Can manipulate visual images
Vivid imagination
Excellent memory for details
Uses metaphors easily
Sees relationships
Competent at math
Strengths Slow to process verbal communication
Difficulty with writing
Weak social skills
Does not like rote memorization
Struggles in traditional academics
Not concise word choice
Does not grasp isolated details
Has difficulty with easy or basic content
Poor math computation --Culture differences
--Expectation differences
(School, family, culture)
--Language differences

All these differences contribute to the appearance of underachievement among minority students. For Minority students:
--learn their culture
--use peer nominations
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