The core idea behind the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model (GRR) is that responsibility for learning is relinquished to students in smaller increments over a period of time. The process of GRR usually begins with teacher modelling sessions (“I do, you watch”), followed by a joint effort between teachers and their students (“We do together”). … Continue reading The Gradual Release of Responsibility Model: A Brief Overview
The general principle of Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) theory is simple, but very powerful: “kids do well if they can.” In other words, all children are eager to learn and capable of academic greatness, assuming that there are appropriate resources and support systems available. In many cases, at-risk students, or children of … Continue reading Collaborative Problem Solving in a Nutshell
Out of all of the theoretical perspectives we have covered in my At-Risk concentration courses, my favourite has to be Resilience and Mindset Theory. The term “resilience” is the ability to adapt to challenging circumstances in one’s life, and referring to one’s self as an individual who is capable of overcoming adversity. Supporters of resilience … Continue reading Carol Dweck and Mindset Theory
As a whole, Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) Theory is a process of strategic student engagement. This requires a few key components: (1) interpreting/making sense of learning tasks, (2) setting goals and choosing appropriate strategies to meet them, and (3) keeping tack of one’s progress, and adjusting behaviour as necessary. Self-regulated learning is not always an innate … Continue reading What is Self-Regulated Learning?
In my Understanding At-Risk Children course, the very first theory that we examined was something called Self-Determination Theory (SDT), which states that as human beings, we are each born with a strong desire to develop as individuals and to find happiness. In order to do so, supporters of SDT argue that we must ensure that … Continue reading A Summary of Self-Determination Theory