Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students


Week 5: How to Help Kids Who Are Bored, Checked Out, or Under-Achieving at School

Our bright and quirky kids, who find school difficult or boring, can become checked out, disengaged or start underachieving. What should we do to help them re-engage and put the light back in their eyes? This week's experts have many ideas for us to consider. 

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  1. Min on October 17, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    While as much as I value all these sessions and want to dive into every single one, I don’t even have two full hours solely for myself.
    It never occurred to me to watch them with my teenaged kids…

    Nevertheless, all the sessions I was able to watch were amazing. They gave me reflections with sometimes feeling of achievement, sometimes regrets. Sometimes it was eye-opening.

  2. Jamie Button on October 17, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for your time and energy in producing these talks. I am a third grade teacher with lots of trauma infused kids and have been searching for help in teaching our kids. Your multifaceted points of view help a lot. There is a lot of communication required to solve the ‘educational needs’ challenges that many teachers and parents have in supporting children. I was only able to catch the Week 4 and Week 5 talks. It is good to hear different perspectives.
    I have three take aways:
    1. Include more time for student interests and trash the curriculum that doesn’t challenge or serve us. (a point also reinforced by Jo Boler and the Growth Mindset movement).
    2. Continue to encourage students to “communicate your needs” – my mantra as of late with kids!
    3. Don’t power struggle when students are in a body response to external stimuli- that there is a wide variety of what that body response is and be open to recognizing it! Thanks again!

  3. Cynthia on October 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Dr Hayes on school trauma was spot on and so validating. Where can I find the list of books she mentioned?

    Thank you, Debbie, for this session.

  4. Amy M Richards on October 16, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Thank you so much for today’s series! It couldn’t have come at a more important time for me! I just picked my son up from school for the second day in a row due to anxiety! 🙁 I cannot wait to dive into these videos. As I read the titles to him he just smiled. He chose Seth’s video to watch first with me. He really enjoyed it. We are now ready to dive into the rest! Thank you so much Debbie for putting together Bright & Quirky and supporting us the way this group does!

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