“Underachieving Gifted Students,” by James Delisle and Sandra L. Berger
This article begins by defining underachievement. It proceeds to discuss three main strategies to reverse underachievement patterns. The first way is through supportive intervention. This encourages the student to feel like part of a family at school. The second way is through intrinsic strategies. Students should be in classrooms that encourage attempts and value student input. Finally, remedial strategies are discussed. The article also includes information about the role a family plays with underachieving students.
“Meeting the needs of gifted underachievers – individually!,” by Joan Smutney.
This article highlights three causes of underachievement: lack of motivation, non-stimulating environments, and masking traits. It provides a list of common characteristics of underachieving gifted students. It also explains potential solutions for parents, and discusses the importance of advocacy for underachieving children.