Motivating Underachieving Gifted Children Tips
By Andrew Loh
Motivating underachieving gifted children involves a series of
techniques that attempt to induce an air of positivity and hope in the
mind. In fact, it is a serious problem in gifted children. Poor grades
and disappointing classroom performance may likely to drain a gifted
child's body and mind. Here are ten simple and effective strategies to
motivate underachieving gifted children.
1) Never ridicule or be sarcastic if your gifted child is not
performing well in the classroom. You should understand that it is more
common among gifted children to perform somewhat poorly in their
studies. As a parent, your responsibility is not to put down your child
but to understand what is going on in his mind and how some events are
shaping his or her personality.
2) Discuss with them the
importance of academic achievement and its relevance in today's
competitive world. Explain how academic achievement would help them in
getting a decent job in the future. The main objective is to kindle the
light of motivation from within so that they will work on their without
3) Gifted children are often very good at
hiding their real intentions from parents. They may even trey to
manipulate parents by not telling truth. Many of them of them may loathe
following the rigid rules of a traditional classroom, overpowering
presence of teachers and peers. In fact, they just want to get out of
the classroom and start experiencing their own journey that is usually
non-academic in nature.
4) Many gifted children have their own
intrinsic interests and preferences over which they want to work and
achieve excellence. Parents may like to become aware of these special
interest areas and start working on them to build further. Use success
in such areas as a tool to motivate them to achieve further success in
academics also. Parents may like to share their children's special
interests and talents with their teachers and seek their assistance to
build children's interest in traditional academics.
5) Motivation should come from within! It's more of lighting fire and
catalyzing an interest to learn by using self initiatives. It is also a
learned activity by consistent practice. Success is a key to develop
motivation. Let your child experience success in the area of chosen
activities. For example,
motivating your teenager to push their artistic abilities to another
level. Or, some children may be good in painting while others may be
excellent in music. Whatever the areas of excellence are, let the
children taste the success of their skills. Help them compose their
first painting world or learn singing some popular tunes.
6) Gifted children are usually weak in certain areas of academics. It could
be math or science. It could also be any other subjects and it could
even be all of them. They may not like the pace of learning which could
be very slow for their liking. The fist important things are to create
an interest in learning in a traditional way. In other words, you should
help gifted child by put down breaks on their fickle mind that is
usually very dynamic and quick. It should be re-adjusted to the slow
pace of classroom learning.
7) Differentiated learning approach
is a universal method to teach gifted children. In many cases, boredom
might lead to underachievement. A special classroom that takes into
consideration the present talent levels of children might help them
learn in their own pace. The best choice is to differentiate assignments
for gifted learners that incorporate children's gifts. Parents may also
like to incorporate known strengths in learning assignments. For
example, thematic and visual learning works best for children who have
talent and skills in visual arts. This simple approach would help them
develop motivation to learn further and achieve success in a specific
area of activity.
8) Goal setting is an important activity that
links achievement and motivation. Goal setting will also help gifted
ones to streamline their daily life and classroom activities. It will
also help them create their own schedule and calendar of events. When
they know how to work on their goals, they might develop motivation on
their own and without parent's active intervention.
Achievement and motivation are strongly linked. Whenever, a gifted one achieves
something in a classroom, that instance of success is more likely to act
as a catalyst to put in additional effort to repeat more such instances
of success. In fact, developing motivation is a psychological exercise
that involves creating an intense urge to reach the desired goalpost
quickly and in an assured manner. Help gifted ones to escape boredom of
a conventional classroom by achieving academic success and excellence. A
one on one discussion with their classroom teachers is perhaps the best
known way to start.
The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, and Reversing Underachievement
By Del Siegle, Ph.D
Why are some gifted children willing to tackle new challenges whereas others seem insecure or uninterested?
Why do some gifted students achieve while others become caught in a cycle of underachievement? Are there
strategies teachers and parents can implement that promote an achievement-oriented attitude? The Underachieving
Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, and Reversing Underachievement answers these important questions.
Although there are many factors that contribute to achievement, achievement-oriented students exhibit four
key traits: they believe that they have the skills to perform well, they expect that they can succeed, they
believe what they are doing is meaningful, and they set realistic expectations and implement strategies to
successfully complete their goals. This book offers specific strategies to help increase student achievement
by improving students attitudes in these four important areas.