ERIC Number: EJ1001813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Reference Count: 2
Using Science as a Motivator for Underperforming Students: A Personal Story
McGee, Christy D.
Parenting for High Potential, v2 n3 p12, 14-16 Dec 2012
In this article, the author shares the story about her son who has advanced intellectual ability and how she used science to motivate him. She says for advanced learners, the study of science encourages them to ask those deep questions without feeling as though they are out of step with their peers. Parents can support their children's natural curiosity about the world in which they live by finding reading material, guides, and other resources on the Internet. Teachers can encourage students who excel in science to delve deeper into the more advanced science concepts by providing tiered lessons to suit the needs of the learners. One thing the author has learned through her years of parenting and teaching is that a child who is not being challenged will find something of interest on which to focus. The decision for the adults who work with these wonderfully curious children is making sure that their focus is on learning and not on finding ways to be entertained. The study of science provides that opportunity.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Internet, Student Motivation, Science Instruction, Parent Role, Parents, Scientific Concepts, Child Rearing, Student Interests, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Parents; Teachers
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