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Teaching With Poverty In Mind

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In the book, “Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It,” the author, Eric Jensen, states, “The one that says that children of poverty will necessarily do poorly in school–should not be automatic. Although it has statistical support, it does not have to be true,” (112). Jensen’s book relates closely to the class, Early Childhood Development, and events in 2017. Eric Jensen has a broad background and wide variety of qualifications. First, he has taught early elementary through college students, therefore, he has a vast experience with children of all ages (“Who” 6). Jensen has also founded or cofounded several organizations and is a part of many committees. These include, the Society…show more content…
In Chapter 3, he explains stress, chronic and acute, is anything that disrupts homeostasis. This can include poverty, illnesses, or missing school. He states, “How well and how quickly we help kids adapt to school forecasts long-term schooling outcomes,” (Jensen 46). This means not only do students need to adapt to the school routine quickly, but also children living in poverty need to receive services as soon as possible to deter the effects of poverty. Some of the services students can receive to deter the effects of poverty are the quality of staff (Jensen 48). The staff should be unbiased and understand each child has the ability to do amazing things for the world. Jensen explains this can be done with an enrichment mind-set. This mind-set is different from a fixed or growth mind-set because it involves engaging students with experiences and promoting curiosity (Jensen 64). This shows if a child has an enrichment mind-set, then they will have more experiences to learn and ask questions that strengthens their experiences and prior…show more content…
According to the article, “Child Poverty,” by NCCP, poverty is the largest impact on children, which also means it is one of the most difficult to solve (3). The article also states, 21% of all children in the United States live in poverty, and even more are living in a low-income family (“Child” 1). Although the article, “Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Down, Median Incomes Up,” by Camila Domonoske, explains the poverty level in the United States continues to decrease and has decreased almost 14% from 2015 to 2016 (3). This is not necessarily due to an increased employment rate, but it is possibly due to helping children living in poverty, break the cycle when they graduate high school. This means educators, and the community, should increase their efforts and funding to decrease the poverty level even
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