EDU 644 Week 1 Discussion 1 ( What It Means to Be At-Risk and Why It Matters )

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What It Means to Be At-Risk and Why It Matters It is likely that you have at least heard the term at-risk used in a variety of contexts, but you may not know exactly what is meant by this commonly used term. When working in a community or educational environment, one must be aware of the scope of at-risk groups so as to implement or guide them toward appropriate and effective supports or services. In this discussion, you will analyze a variety of descriptions of at-risk groups and behaviors associated with them for the purpose of acquiring your own working definition. You will include this definition in your website that is created throughout the course and finalized during the Week Six Final Project and make adjustments to your working definition during Week Six when you reflect upon how your definition has expanded. Prepare for this discussion by reading the Week One Instructor Guidance and reviewing the following resources that provide descriptions of at-risk groups and the behavior

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ANSWER 1When I think of the phrase, I tend to think of the poor, or those who live in poverty with little orno chance for improvement or abilities to connect with the proper resources to help them. Withthat being said the two websites that connected with me in regards to the phrase at risk would beTeachnology: The Effects of Poverty on Teaching and Learning and U.S. Department of Healthand Human Services: At- Risk Individuals.Poverty is something that I grew up seeing in my community such as very young , single orlow educational level parents; unemployment, abuse and neglect; substance abuse ;dangerousneighborhoods; homelessness; mobility; and exposure to inadequate or inappropriate educationalexperiences, ( Teachnology, n.d). These are risks that I can relate to and connect with in regardsto the phrase at risk. I also connect lack of resources as factors that contribut

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