ERIC Number: ED323542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Accessing Potential: Lessons from an "At Risk" Six-Year-Old.
Mills, Heidi; O'Keefe, Timothy
Insights into Open Education, v23 n2 Oct 1990
A case study of an at-risk student in a whole language "transition first grade" (representing an extra year between kindergarten and first grade) classroom chronicles her transition from an anxious and withdrawn student to an enthusiastic learner. Although it took nearly a month for the student to relax in the classroom, she then responded eagerly to writing experiences. Although a quiet person, she developed a real desire to communicate. During writing/journal time, she began to engage the adults and other children in written conversation. During quiet reading she could often be found reading one of the big books using a pointer. She also participated in a class project on plants. The student grew temendously during her transition first grade year because: (1) her experiences were grounded within a genuine social context; (2) she was treated as a learner; (3) she was encouraged to use art, language, and mathematics in concert to construct meaning; and (4) the teacher collaborated with the students when making curricular decisions. (RS)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.
Note: Printed on colored paper.