Teaching With Poverty In Mind: What Being Poor Does To Kids' Brains And What Schools Can Do About It (2009)
Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do about It (2009)
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3.83 of 5 Votes: 5
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1416608842 (ISBN13: 9781416608844)
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English
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Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
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Teaching with Poverty In Mind articulates very clearly the problem of poverty in the Education System. The second chapter illustrates the complex of poverty and how drastically it can change an individual. The information given in this chapter needs to be presented in some form to as many teachers as possible. Poverty causes many different types of stressors on not only the students, but also their parents. Low income and standards of living effect children in many was. They could be lacking attention, vocabulary, and many other social interactions skills because their parents work hard long hours. One of the most insightful sections of this book was the idea that some qualities are engrained into the individual such as sadness, joy, disgust, anger, etc…Every other quality, compassion, cooperation must be taught. This book does an incredible job of laying out the grievances of low-income homes and the brevity of stressors on students in poverty; however, Jensen gives practical steps for educators and communities to positively influence the hurting society. Jensen uses his chapter on “Embracing the Mind-Set of Change,” to go into detail about the way we can change the brain destroyed by stressors. Some of the stressors such as short-term and working memory capacity can be positively influenced by simple initiatives like physical activity and changing the classroom aesthetics. Jensen provides action options for schools and teachers who have little experience with poverty and its effects on individuals. He gives statistics of success factors of both schools and individual classrooms. This book is a great read if you want to understand and different perspective and prepare yourself as a teacher for the effects of poverty. This is a good book for understanding what happens, and what can happen, in the brain as it relates to effective teaching and learning, with a specific focus on just what is known at present about the extra challenges of poverty to academic success. This is a good book not just for teachers and education administrators, but for anyone who has the ability to influence childrens' lifetime outcomes. And I would just like to add that it appears particularly misguided (Ohio legislature) to cut arts and athletics programs--a review of the literature clearly indicates that arts and athletics are in fact conduits for greater academic success.
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Jordan
Such a clarifying picture into the culture of poverty. A very eye-opening read.
zBluRrYz
Nothing new. I expected more form Jensen. There were some good tables.
Katie
These education practice books all sound the same to me after a while.
kfaeldon
This is a must for teachers who teach in high poverty areas!!
Kerbear64
Excellent refresher! especially chapter 5.
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