Moving Forward When Faced with Learning Difficulties: Rolling a Kayak
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When a kayaker flips their boat over while paddling, and successfully turns themselves upright, it is called a roll. In learning situations (especially in a social justice course), this occurs when a student is temporarily caught off balance by difficult concepts, texts, or other skill gaps. Rolling may also occur when a student’s worldview is altered by information that counters their own experiences. Teachers can facilitate rolls by offering scaffolded practice in a safe environment. This allows students to practice the skill with their learning tools in order to successfully roll during a course, when confronted with a problem, and to continue in their learning with minimal interruption.
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