A classroom teacher for 18 years and is currently the gifted services coordinator for Pickerington Local Schools, Todd Stanley draws upon his years of experience, expertise and research in "When Smart Kids Underachieve
in School: Practical Solutions for Teachers" to take an informed and informative look at the 10 most common reasons why some smart, advanced, and gifted students do not reach their achievement potential.
Stanley, a former classroom teacher, gifted services coordinator, and author of teacher education books, examines the 10 most common reasons why smart, advanced, and gifted students underachieve
in school--boredom, social-emotional needs, not having peers, home life, twice-exceptionality, lack of intrinsic motivation, lack of skills, lack of programming or trained teachers, not being challenged, and being too smart for their own good--and strategies to overcome them.
if you get beat once or twice but we've hardly beaten anyone in the top half of the Premier League.
"But I think expectations are a lot higher than what the team should achieve "So I think there's always that balance, or that fine line, where you say: 'Well, do they underachieve
? Or are we expecting too much of the team?'"
He said: "While I was growing up at Woodlands School, I saw lads both excel and underachieve
. I can really appreciate the value of having good role models at this impressionable age - people to inspire and push you.
"It's unacceptable that rather than celebrate their talent, they feel that they have to hide their gifts, purposely underachieve
in crucial subjects and miss out on things they enjoy because of bullying," Hendry said.
The issue of cultural diversity within the gifted population is beginning to receive more attention, particularly in the area of "hidden underachievers," students who underachieve
because the educational system is not designed to recognize their talents.
Research also shows that when gifted and talented students remain in step with their age peers rather than moving ahead at the appropriate pace they can become bored, develop poor study habits and underachieve