What does “At-Risk” Mean? “At-Risk” for what?

The term "at-risk" is used to identify children who, without support or assistance, will likely experience a negative school outcome. In other words, "at-risk" children are "at-risk" for struggling at school and getting overlooked or neglected by the educational system. This is because "at-risk" children possess one or more risk factors, which fall into one … Continue reading What does “At-Risk” Mean? “At-Risk” for what?

How else can I incoroporate the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model?

Aside from the GRR model itself, there are a number of related techniques that you can use in the classroom, as you assume the role of the More Knowledeable Other. They include: Scaffolding: This is a crucial componet in helping students develop more responsibility for their learning. It involves starting off with simple tasks, modelling … Continue reading How else can I incoroporate the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model?

Mindset and Resilience: Some Strategies to try with Students

As I've mentioned in a previous post, Resiliency Theory and Carol Dweck's work on Mindset has really resonated with me as a future educator. I believe wholeheartedly that resiliency is one of the key ingredients in overcoming any risk factor, and teachers can play a significant role in helping children to develop this trait over … Continue reading Mindset and Resilience: Some Strategies to try with Students

Using Self-Regulated Learning Theory in the Classroom

In my opinion, one of the most helpful components of my At-Risk concentration courses were our discussions of theory-related teaching strategies. While I do find educational theory to be incredibly interesting (and I can see the merits in many of them), I personally find it more useful to not discuss a variety of theoretical perspectives, … Continue reading Using Self-Regulated Learning Theory in the Classroom

Some Poetry Ideas: My Favourite Lessons from Practicum

Out of everything I had an opportunity to teach over my Winter practicum block, some of my favourite (and most successful!) lessons were my Literacy lessons which incorporated aspects of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. In the first half of my placement, my Associate Teacher asked if I could start a Poetry Writing unit … Continue reading Some Poetry Ideas: My Favourite Lessons from Practicum