BOLD Blog in Brief

How can educators help children overcome the effects of adverse environments? And how can teachers provide fruitful feedback on students’ work? In June, BOLD authors provided helpful insights in these areas, underscoring the reciprocal relationship of teacher and student.

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Children who live in dangerous or unstable environments encounter chronic stress that complicates their learning. Yet research has found that these children can possess specific coping skills or “hidden talents.” If educators can uncover and build on these talents, they may be able to help these students to succeed. In a short explainer video, Willem Frankenhuis and Tania Jenkins suggest modifications in teaching and learning activities to draw upon children’s hidden talents. Watch the video here.

Teachers’ evaluation of students’ work is most effective when students have “feedback literacy,” or the ability to understand the feedback and to act on it, says Annie Brookman-Byrne. Through one-on-one conversations, teachers can provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and to explore ways to build on strengths and make improvements. In this way, feedback becomes a highly productive two-way conversation. Read more here.

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