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Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity

Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity

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. Smart, underachieving students need the reassurance that they are capable, valuable, and worth listening to despite their low academic performance. Helping “smart” students achieve when they don’t want to is not an easy task, but teachers can reengage and inspire students using veteran educator Jim Delisle’s insights and practical advice. 
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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...

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