Don’t you have bigger dreams!!

This video reminded me that I choose to be a teacher to make a difference in the lives of my students, to do good things and make a positive impact on the society as a whole.

But, I guess, these things can be really difficult to achieve if a student comes from a family with financial problems or is at risk.

The term at-risk is used for students who are likely to fail in school or in life because of their life’s social circumstances. It is not that any one single factor places a student at-risk. Rather, when more than one factor is present, there is a compounding effect and  the results can be move devastating. Poverty is considered to be a major at-risk factor.

We, as teachers, are required to keep our senses alerted at all times to able to identify, and understand children who are at-risk. Identifying them is critical if we are to support their growth and development. This can be easily done by developing warn and caring relationships with students, which will help us to know the student inside out along with the problems faced by them in and out of school.

Teachers can really support the students at risk to succeed in school by conveying the feeling that they really matter, as an individual. It is the job of a teacher to discover their talents and help them realize their true potential. This will not only boost their confidence level, but also motivate them to do well.

We should always remember that students at risk have a hard time succeeding in school. The results of their struggle often are drop out of school. But we as teachers should never give up on such students. Instead we should make every possible effort to educate them and help them dream big.

Just let them know you are there for them at all times and see what difference your words can make!

Just show them the right path and rest will fall in place itself!

Don’t forget to check the following sites :

Four keys to helping children at risk

What can you do for students living in poverty

Educating students from generational poverty