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Doing Poorly on Purpose

Doing Poorly on Purpose

Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity

published in collaboration with ASCD

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 we may 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:
  • autonomy
  • access
  • advocacy
  • alternatives
  • aspirations
  • approachable educators
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?
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Paperback $26.95 25353W Paperback 25353W $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-4166-2535-3
Audience: For teachers, gifted program coordinators, and administrators K–12
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 166

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