Factors that Influence a Child's Engagement in the Classroom

1028 Words Jan 29th, 2018 4 Pages
One of the biggest factors is poverty. There are nearly fifty million Americans living in poverty. Poverty has a huge impact on many aspects of a child’s life, one of them being his or her learning in the classroom. Children from low-income homes have different backgrounds and needs than those from middle-class environments that can influence their ability to concentrate, pay attention, and interact with peers during school. Poverty impacts a child’s health and nutrition, vocabulary, effort, mind-set, cognition, relationships, and ability to handle stressful situations. Living day to day can be a struggle for those living in poverty, so it is a lot to expect these children to be able to function perfectly in a classroom setting. Nutrition plays a significant role in children’s functioning. Children who grow up in low-income homes are more likely to eat foods with a lower nutritional value, which can even affect them while still in the womb. Children coming to school in the morning already hungry will distract their minds from learning and their brains will not be able to function. It is proven that poor nutrition at breakfast affects gray matter mass in children’s brains (Taki, 2010). Skipping breakfast negatively affects students’ academic achievement by increasing absenteeism, as well as hurting their cognition abilities. Students will have more trouble…
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