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Let’s Talk About (Under)Achievement

February 25, 2011

Join Gallatin Gifted Group at our next meeting to view and discuss the presentation, The Gifted Child: Superachiever or Underachiever–Parents and Teachers Make the Difference, presented by Sylvia Rimm, author of “Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades”.

Wed., March 9, noon to 1:00+

Willson Board Room, 404 W Main, Bozeman

There is no admission charge and anyone interested in giftedness is welcome.  This is the second in a series sponsored by Gallatin Gifted Group (G3) for the community.

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Synopsis of this month’s topic:

The early environments which foster giftedness in children also make them vulnerable to feeling extreme pressures. The praise and power which cultivate a positive learning environment may become “too much of a good thing.” Gifted children may thus internalize highly competitive pressures to be brilliant, perfect, extraordinarily creative, beautiful and/or popular. The pressures that gifted children internalize can lead to motivation or may also cause them to learn defensive patterns which lead to underachievement. Families and schools can help gifted children to cope with these pressures by providing realistic challenges and guidance. Schools which provide for the needs of gifted children will encourage them to make a commitment to their education and a contribution to society. They can learn to feel good about their personal accomplishments and about themselves.

Dr. Sylvia Rimm is a psychologist who specializes in working with gifted children. She is a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She has authored 22 books, including Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades, and co-authored the popular textbook, Education of the Gifted and Talented. She also served on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children.

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