Asset-based Instruction versus Deficit-based Instruction/Learning
Submitted by Kathy St. John on October 8, 2019 - 7:08pm
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I recently facilitated the TEAL Student-Centered Learning online course focusing on writing. During one of the discussions, the idea of deficit-based versus asset-based instruction/learning came up. A participant said that in her experience one of the factors that motivates adult learners is their acknowledged weaknesses in certain areas. That made me think about deficit-based versus asset-based teaching and learning. I'd love to hear from this community what your thinking is on this. In your classrooms, do you begin by focusing on the strengths of your students and use them as the foundation for building up areas they're weaker in or do you start by focusing on the gaps your students have and concentrate on strengthening them?
Thank you in advance for sharing your approach. I look forward to a thought-provoking discussion!
Kathy St. John