How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement by Eric Jensen
How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement
by Eric Jensen
Seven Differences Between Middle-Class and Low-Income Students at School
Although small amounts of stress are healthy, acute and chronic stress-known as distress-is toxic.
Encourage responsibility and leadership by offering choices, having students engage in projects and supporting teamwork and classroom decision making.
Finally, teach students ongoing coping skills so they can better deal with their stressors.
Health and Nutrition
Neuroscientists suggested that intelligence is linked to health
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Children who grow up in low socioeconomic conditions typically have a smaller vocabulary than middle-class children do, which raises the risk for academic failure.
Toddlers from middle- and upper-income families actually used more words in talking to their parents than low-SES mothers used in talking to their own children.
One reason many students seem unmotivated is because of lack of hope and optimism.
The primary factor in student motivation and achievement isn't the student's home environment, it's the school and the teacher.
Hope and the Growth Mind-Set
Instead of "Don't feel bad that you didn't finish. It's late in the day and we've all got brain drain." Say "Stick with this just a bit longer. You can do this! Your mind is a powerful forces to help you reach your goals."
If students think failure or low performance is likely, they'll probably not bother to try
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Many children who struggle cognitively either act out or shut down. Cognitive capacity, as well as intelligence, is a teachable skill.
Teach core academic skills like how to organize, study, take notes, prioritize, and remember key ideas.
30 Million Words by Dana Suskind
Students not in Title 1 programs consistently reported higher levels of engagement than students who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Most important suggestion is to get to know you students well.