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ERIC Number: ED370091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 17
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Support At-Risk Learners as We Support All Learners.
Sanacore, Joseph
An important priority of educators is to modify the school structure so that "at-risk" learners can be treated as all other students are treated. One way of sending a positive message to all students is to organize classrooms heterogeneously. Intra-class grouping is a source of help when it emphasizes cooperation among learners and highlights the importance of each person's contributions. An effective way of facilitating students' learning is to focus on important concepts. This approach provides students with opportunities to apply their own personal and academic backgrounds to the concepts that are highlighted, to decide which resources they will use in the units of study, and to interpret information through their growing perspectives. Since proficient readers are almost as likely as remedial readers to have weaknesses with higher-order literacy, it makes sense to stimulate this type of literacy development among all students. An eighth-grade English class (in a school that had recently gone through significant detracking) used a curriculum that was structured by themes and concepts. Throughout a 3-week unit on prejudice, class activities offered higher-order thinking opportunities to all students. One way of helping all students to have positive experiences with content area textbooks is to complement their reading efforts with a variety of study techniques, including SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review). Helping at-risk learners to be a genuine part of the mainstream while not lowering standards for the other students will increase opportunities for equal access to learning. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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