Monthly Archives: May 2013

Teaching Strategies for Underachievers

Special thanks to Dr. Linda Silverman and the Gifted Development Center @GiftedDevCenter for sharing the article, “Strategies for Teaching Underachievers” (pdf) which I drew from for the chat! A full transcript may be found here.

In answer to our first question, “What characterizes an underachiever?”; replies included that “underachievers tend to have underdeveloped sequencing skills & high spatial abilities”, their “obstinance often masks their inability to do the work rather than unwillingness”, those with “high spatial strengths have a sophisticated sense of humor & understand complex relations & systems” and they “can become a problem in mainstream classes. More likely to be referred for behaviour/LD”.

The discussion then turned to “Why do students underachieve?” Krissy Venosdale @venspired said that, ” Work presented to them is often not “deep” enough; shallow work becomes mundane; kids check out.” Susanne @Susannewith5 added, “boredom, perfectionism scaring them from WANTING to perform, a lack of work ethic, LD’s, disaffectedness” also are contributing factors.

For teaching strategies, please see the links below. Thank you to Leslie Graves for the Livebinder links.


Underachieving Gifted Students” Prezi by Rebecca Christensen

Assisting Underachieving Gifted Learners” (pdf)

How Can You Help Gifted Underachievers?” Victoria Butler

Using Peer Coaches to Explain and Tackle the Underachievement of Gifted Students

Why Class Size Matters

Tips for Teachers: Volume 1 Classroom Arrangement and Class Discussion” (YouTube)

Strategies for Students Gifted in ICT

Underachievement” from Duke TIP

Gifted Underachievement: The Who’s, What’s, Why’s and How You Can Help” Livebinder

Culturally Diverse Gifted Students” Livebinder

Family Dynamics Related to Underachievement” Livebinder

Social Emotional Needs of Gifted and Talented Students” Livebinder

Web Resources for Underachievement” Livebinder

Becoming a Lifelong Advocate

We started this chat by asking the question, “Who should advocate for gifted children?” and the list seemed limitless. Among those mentioned included parents, grandparents, educators, higher-ed faculty, superintendents, politicians, and policy-makers to name a few. As Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, pointed out, “The thing is, advocating for a population isn’t just an education issue. It’s a humanity issue. Part of being civilized.” And Toby Brown added, “Like most things, we should model advocacy for all those who need support.” Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.

Global #gtchat then explored why people should advocate for gifted students beyond their/our own children’s school years? Many great responses were given. “Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.” “Lifelong advocates provide continuity in local gifted groups and state organizations.” A full transcript may be found here.

Special thanks for the many links added during chat by @Les Links (Leslie Graves), @cybraryman1 (Jerry Blumengarten) and @GiftedHF (Corin Goodwin).


Story of “Coppell Gifted Association”

Why We Should Advocate for Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted Advocacy from Hoagies Gifted Education Page

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds (book)

How To Become an Educational Advocate from Hoagies Gifted Education Page

Using Public Relations Strategies to Advocate for Gifted Programming in Your School

Lifelong Advocacy: If Not You, Then Who?

Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Complete Parent’s Guide (book)

International Gifted Advocacy Organisations and Best Practice from Giftedkidsie

Gifted and Talented Advocacy Sites from Cybraryman

“Gifted Advocacy: What Not to Do”

Professionals’ Guild to Gifted and 2e Children

Advocacy and 21st Century Globalness

Self-Advocacy for Gifted Teens

Educational Advocacy for Gifted Students from Davidson Gifted

Profoundly and Exceptionally Gifted Youth: Advocacy

Needed: Parent Advocacy from Duke TIP

Parent Advocates: Creating Opportunities for Gifted Students from Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University 

Education Policy Primer for Homeschooling Families

How to Advocate for an Appropriate Education for Your Gifted Child

Livebinder from Leslie Graves on “Gifted Advocacy”

The Misdiagnosis Initiative from SENG

This week’s #gtchat was a follow-up to our recent interview with Dr. James Webb about the Misdiagnosis Initiative from SENG. A link to that interview appears in the links below.


Since the interview, a major announcement by the National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S. had a major impact on this chat. The NIMH will no longer be supporting the DSM (Data and Statistical Manual for Diagnosing Mental Disorders). With the newest DSM-5 set to be released on May 24th by the American Psychiatric Association, this decision sent shock waves through the Psychiatric community. Justification for the decision was that in the future, diagnosis needs to be based on physiological results rather than on strictly observable behaviors.


Unfortunately, this new approach is at least a decade off; leaving the DSM still a key diagnostic tool for most U.S. health care professionals. Ultimately, it may prove highly beneficial for gifted children and decrease the probability of misdiagnosis. Time will tell.


An interview w/Dr. James Webb of @giftedbooks & @SENG_Gifted on the “Misdiagnosis Initiative”

The Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children (YouTube) from @SENG_Gifted

A brochure titled “Decreasing Medical Misdiagnosis in Gifted Children,” available from SENG

Grand Rounds lecture on misdiagnosis/dual diagnoses by Dr. James T. Webb, Univ of Wisconsin Medical School 

Article by Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis for Huffington Post, ‘The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness’

‘ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted’ by Webb & Latimer

‘Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children’ by Webb & others from @SENG_Gifted

‘Psychologists Familiar with Testing the Gifted & Exceptionally Gifted’ from @HoagiesGifted

‘Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children & Adults’ (book) from @giftedbooks

‘The NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-5’

National Institute of Mental Health abandoning the DSM

“Psychiatry Divided as Mental Health ‘bible’ Denounced” New Scientist

NIMH moving beyond DSM

Autistic teenager tipped for Nobel Prize

Cybraryman’s ADHD Page

GHF’s Professionals’ Guide to Gifted Children

‘Identification and Assessment of Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities’ (pdf)  Ruban/Reis

‘Texas Private IQ Testing Professionals’ recommended by Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted 

On Giftedness and 2E or Being ‘Twice Exceptional’ from Leslie Graves  

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