ERIC Number: ED444141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Building Resilience in Literacy Learners.
Although an increasing number of young people encounter adversity in their environments, many manage to rebound and live successful lives while others repeat patterns of adversity in their adult lives. Classroom educators and special educators should therefore establish a learning environment that builds resilience in all learners. Educational resilience is defined as "the heightened likelihood of success in school and other life accomplishments despite environmental adversities they face in their environments." There are various criteria and instruments that teachers can use to identify students who are resilient and nonresilient, and to gather data about students' behaviors. After identification and assessment, teachers should consider a variety of strategies that foster resilience in all learners. Six literacy-oriented strategies are: (1) read aloud appropriate children's literature; (2) encourage the selection of a wide variety of authentic literature; (3) give extra support to individuals who experience difficulty selecting appropriate resources; (4) provide time for pleasurable reading and writing; (5) engage learners in interactive activities that help them think about their thinking; and (6) ask questions that stimulate responses from all children. (Contains 18 references and 3 figures of data.) (SR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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