Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1D; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2C; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Underachievement presents differently for every gifted student, making it tricky for teachers to provide them with the best support possible. Join Lisa Van Gemert, former teacher, administrator, and the Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa in this 1-hour course to explore underachievement’s root causes, break down its definition, and learn how to develop effective classroom interventions for gifted students who are underachieving.  

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Why do some gifted children underachieve? Why does underachievement present differently in different children, and how can teachers help them overcome the underachievement hurdle? Join Lisa Van Gemert, former teacher, administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa to explore underachievement’s definition, root causes, and classroom interventions.

In this 1-hour course you will discover: 

  • How underachievement is defined
  • The causes of underachievement
  • Interventions for underachievement 

Presenter Bio

Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas. 

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97 reviews for Student Underachievement – Causes and Solutions

  1. kathya – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It helps you understand the underachiever bettter.

  2. John – CLEBURNE ISD (verified owner)

    Good information.

  3. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting

  4. Kayla – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    This was a helpful reminder with some new information about the reasons that students may underachieve as well as some practical interventions to investigate with.

  5. Irene Gloria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed it. I love how the speaker related to the Little Engine That Could and her own son’s personal experience in Chili. Great Job!!!

  6. Tonya – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    I liked it because it was so informational. I liked how it was broken down into: definition, causes, and interventions.

  7. Selina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This class was really refreshing.

  8. Cindy – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  9. miriam – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The quiz was challenging in this course. I learned a lot about how underachievement can be addressed with interventions such as giving students respectful work, theory guiding intervention, teaching study skills and much more. Great course!

  10. Angelita – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    It is a good course to take because it helps us recall the many reasons why some students are underachievers.

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