Instructor: Tammy Berg
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Correspondence
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $345
Class Offered Through S.C.T. Continuing Education Services
Educators, whether they are recent graduates or veteran teachers, have all come in contact with students that do not seem to be working to their ability. This course identifies the characteristics of underachievers as well as describes how positive communication, legitimate praise, and a student’s self-discovery can improve the self-esteem of underachievers. Those who take this course also will analyze strategies to help underachievers with the improvement of study skills, time management, and remediating academic weaknesses. Suggestions and tips for working with parents of underachievers and making changes within the school system to help underachievers are also components of this course. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to design appropriate interventions to improve student motivation and achievement.
As a result of participation in this course, students should be able to:
1. Identify the characteristics of underachievers.
2. Describe how positive communication, legitimate praise, and a student’s self-discovery can improve the self-esteem of underachievers.
3. Analyze strategies to help underachievers that involves the improvement of study skills, time management, and remediating academic weaknesses.
4. Evaluate a variety of handouts that can be used with underachievers.
5. Investigate motivation, and what impacts motivation in students.
6. Use a variety of checklists that help identify student learning styles and other factors that contribute to academic success.
7. Develop a plan for working with parents of underachievers.
8. Develop a way for making changes within the school system to help underachievers.
9. Design appropriate interventions to assist underachievers based on the numerous strategies listed in the text.
Text / Readings:
The required reading is found in the following texts and two article reprints:
Birdsall, P., & Correa, L. (2007). Gifted underachievers. Leadership, March/April, 21-23.
Coil, C. (2001). Motivating underachievers. Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning.
Jones, S., & Myhill, D. (2004). Seeing things differently: teachers’ constructins of underachievement. Gender and Education, 16, 531-545.
Rathvon, N. (1996). The unmotivated child: Helping your underachiever become a successful student. New York: Fireside.