Effects of Poverty on Classroom Behaviors (How to combat misbehaviors…
Effects of Poverty on Classroom Behaviors
How does a lack of basic needs effect a student in the classroom?
Students who are lacking basic needs at school are often irritable and disengaged. They are more focused on the next meal they will receive, or where they are going to stay tonight rather than their multiplication facts.
How does a lack of parent involvement effect a student in the classroom?
Students with a lack of parent involvement feel less connected to the school community as well as the teacher. A lack of parent involvement also causes a miscommunication between behavior expectations in both the school and at home, which adds to misbehaviors.
How does the basic set up of school effect these students?
Schools where not set up for students below the poverty line. Schools are created for middle class students with some life experiences to grow instruction from.
How to combat misbehaviors when everything about a typical school is working against a child in poverty?
Students need to trust you!
Build trust by telling students about yourself.
Listening to what students have to say.
Students need to feel invested in their education
Give them choices!
Create a classroom community where students feel a sense of worth.
Students need to be exposed to experiences they wouldn't otherwise receive.
Take them on feildtrips to musuems, events, the zoo! Anywhere that studnets could be exposed to new experinces.
Bring things into the classroom that might be unfamilair to your students. Guest speakers, new foods, and new activities would work well.
Expand their vocabulary!
Their basic needs must be met.
Maslow's Hierarchy of needs must be met.
It's up to the classroom teacher to go out of their way to provide as much of these as they can for their students.