Students Of Poverty. As A Teacher, You Are Going To Have

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Students of Poverty As a teacher, you are going to have students with different interests, races, backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. It is your job to get to know them, understand their differences, and make them all feel as equally important and valued as any other student. One of the biggest issues among students is socioeconomic status, specifically children in poverty. Children in poverty undergo different circumstances, and will have different needs than children from higher socioeconomic homes. According to The Science of Learning, “Today more than ever, education remains the key to escaping poverty, while poverty remains the biggest obstacle to education.” It is important to understand the problems associated with children…show more content…
Children raised in poverty are more likely to act out, be impatient and impulsive, have a lack of politeness and social cues and a limited range of behavioral responses,vision or hearing problems, vocabulary deficits, comprehension challenges, phonics issues and fluency problems. It is important to asses students areas of strengths and weaknesses in order to give them the best education as possible (Jensen, 2009) Children from low-income families tend to have poorer physical health, as well. This can include poor nutrition, unhealthy environmental conditions, and a lack of health care. Children with no health insurance may receive little or no treatment for illnesses and are more likely to get sick. This increase in health issues leads to increased school absences, tardiness and possible illness during class. As a result, students are often missing classroom content and skills. They might not be in class enough in order to keep up with the content. Poor academic performance often leads to lowered expectations, which can lower children 's self-esteem. Despite being one of the most developed countries in the world, according to Childfund International, the United States has one of the highest rates of childhood poverty globally. Children born or raised in poverty face a number of disadvantages, mostly in education. Children from low-income families are at a higher risk of
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