Back to Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity
With Doing Poorly on Purpose, veteran educator Jim Delisle dispels the negative associations and stereotypes connected to underachievement. By focusing on smart kids who get poor grades—not because they’re unable to do better in school but because they don’t want to—Delisle presents a snapshot of underachievement that may look far different from what you envision it to be. There is no such thing as a “classic underachiever.” Students (and their reasons for underachieving) are influenced by a wide range of factors, including self-image, self-concept, social-emotional relationships, and the amount of dignity teachers afford their students. Helping “smart” students achieve when they don’t want to is not an easy task, but you can reengage and inspire students using Delisle’s insights and practical advice on these topics:
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Smart, underachieving students need the reassurance that they are capable, valuable, and worth listening to despite their low academic performance. In a word, they want dignity. Don’t we all?
(ASCD Premium and Select Member book, copublished by Free Spirit and ASCD, Featured Selection, January 2018) 6” x 9”, 166 pages