Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do about It A Six-Step Program for Parents and Teachers

ISBN-10: 0910707871
ISBN-13: 9780910707879
Edition: 3rd 2008
Authors: Sylvia B. Rimm
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Description: Millions of gifted children are failing to reach their potentialsomething Dr. Sylvia Rimm calls underachievement syndrome. Drawing on both clinical research and years of experience counseling families, Dr. Rimm has developed a Trifocal Model to help  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Millions of gifted children are failing to reach their potentialsomething Dr. Sylvia Rimm calls underachievement syndrome. Drawing on both clinical research and years of experience counseling families, Dr. Rimm has developed a Trifocal Model to help parents and teachers work together to get students back on track. It is effective for a wide range of students, from preschool through college. Dr. Rimms practical, six-step program provides everything you need to know to turn your child or students underachievement into success.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Rimm's Laws of Achievement
How to Get the Most Out of This Book
Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades
What Is Underachievement?
What Do Underachievers Look Like?
Categories of Underachievement
Perfectionist Pearl
Poor Polly
Passive Paul
Sick Sam
Taunted Terris
Depressed Donna
Torn Tomas
Jock Jack, Social Shaundra, and Dramatic Dan
Academic Alice
Manipulative Maria
Creative Chris
Rebellious Rebecca
Hyperactive Harry
Bully Bob
How to Determine if Your Child Has Underachievement Syndrome
Early Risks
The Too Soon Child
The Overwelcome Child
Early Health Problems
Gender Issues
Particular Sibling Combinations
Specific Parenting Relationships
The Gifted Child
Conclusion: Dependence and Dominance
Parents as Role Models
Positive and Negative Models
I Didn't Like School Either
The Disorganized Home
Passive-Aggressive Parenting
Overworked Parents
Post-Divorce Parents
Cross-Gender Identification
Parent Rivalry
Combinations of the Rituals
Dependency and Dominance
Counteridentification
Fostering Dependency
Fostering Dominance
Summary
School Causes of Underachievement Syndrome
Structure
Competition
Labeling
Negative Attention
Boredom
Peer Pressure
What You Can Do about It
Parenting toward Achievement
Modeling Achievement
Power and Control
Giving Clear, Positive Messages
Reasonable Praise
Consistency between Parents
Consistency within a Parent
"Beat the System" Messages
Referential Speaking
Competition-Winning and Losing
Organization
Homework and Study Habits
Grades and Rewards
The Indulgence Traps
Family Structure Considerations
After Divorce
Single Parenting
The Blended Family
The Visitation Family
Teaching toward Achievement
Differentiated Curriculum
Building Task Value
Teaching Healthy Competition
Teaching to the Emotional Needs of Students
Competitiveness
Boyfriend Worries
Power and Peer Issues
Finishing the ALLIANCE Acrostic
How You Can Reverse Underachievement Syndrome Using the Trifocal Model-Step One: Assessment
Adapting the Trifocal Model for Disadvantaged Students
Assessment
Formal Assessment
Informal Assessment
Determining the Next Step
Step Two: Communication between Teachers, Parents, and Students
Teacher-Initiated Communication
Parent-Initiated Communication
Tracking Student Progress
The Next Three Steps: Expectations, Role Models, and Deficiencies
Changing Expectations
Personal Expectations
Parent Expectations
Sibling Expectations
Teacher Expectations
Peer Expectations
Role Model Identification
Sources of Models
Process for Encouraging Identification
Correcting Deficiencies
Anxieties and Special Skill Deficits
The Last Step
What You Can Do for Dependent Children
What You Can Do as Parents
Vote of Confidence
The Place of Shelter
Encouraging Same-Gender Identification for Boys
Expressing Feelings
Organizational Skills
Teaching Competition
Teaching Social Skills
Encouraging Activities with Intrinsic Interest
Easing Perfectionism
Teaching Deferred Judgment
Independent Homework
Incomplete Schoolwork or Homework
Teaching Concentration
Extra-Credit Work
Goal-Directed Tutoring
Keeping Children in the Mainstream
What You Can Do as a Teacher
Vote of Confidence
Multiple Methods for Giving Instructions
Completing Classwork and Homework
Teaching a Growth Mindset
Building Resilience through Biography
Focusing Attention
Teaching Goal Setting
Teaching Organizational Strategies
Test Anxiety
Social Rewards
Teaching Other Children
Punishment
Creative Problem Solving
What You Can Do for Dominant Conforming Underachievers
What You Can Do as Parents
Monitoring Counteridentification
Competition
Intrinsic Motivation
Parent Messages
Sensitivity
Acceptance of Criticism
What You Can Do as a Teacher
Keeping Academics Central
Acceleration or Grade Skipping
Acceptance of Criticism
Intrinsic Motivation
Biographical Study
Preparation for College
What You Can Do for Dominant Nonconforming Children
What You Can Do as Parents
Reversing Early Childhood Dominance
Wish, Want, Work, Wait
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Avoiding Confrontations
Emotional Ups and Downs
Encouraging Time Alone
Maintaining the Positive
United Parenting
Communicating about Achievement
Communicating with Schools
Changing Peer Environments
Getting Professional Help
What You Can Do as a Teacher
Forming a Teacher-Student Alliance
Behavior Problems and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Anti-Arguing Instructions
Giving Them Power and an Audience
Avoiding Student Manipulation
Changing Academic Grouping
Providing a Sanctuary
Helping Students Find Balance
Appealing to Altruism
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Maintaining Open Doors
Overview
The Why
Essential Elements of Underachievement Syndrome
Social Changes
Interaction between Underachievement Factors and Social Changes
The What
Rimm's Laws of Achievement
Reversal of an Epidemic?
Resources
References
Endnotes
Index

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