Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It

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In Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States and demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.

Jensen argues that although chronic exposure to poverty can result in detrimental changes to the brain, the brain's very ability to adapt from experience means that poor children can also experience emotional, social, and academic success. A brain that is susceptible to adverse environmental effects is equally susceptible to the positive effects of rich, balanced learning environments and caring relationships that build students' resilience, self-esteem, and character.

Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Teaching with Poverty in Mind reveals


* What poverty is and how it affects students in school;
* What drives change both at the macro level (within schools and districts) and at the micro level (inside a student's brain);
* Effective strategies from those who have succeeded and ways to replicate those best practices at your own school; and
* How to engage the resources necessary to make change happen.

Too often, we talk about change while maintaining a culture of excuses. We can do better. Although no magic bullet can offset the grave challenges faced daily by disadvantaged children, this timely resource shines a spotlight on what matters most, providing an inspiring and practical guide for enriching the minds and lives of all your students.

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About the author

Eric Jensen is a former teacher who has taught at all levels, from elementary school through university, and is deeply committed to making a positive, significant, and lasting difference in the way we learn. His academic background includes a B.A. in English and an M.A. in organizational development, and he is currently completing his Ph.D. in human development. He has authored 30 books, including Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Enriching the Brain, Student Success Secrets, and Super Teaching. Currently, he conducts staff development and summer in-depth trainings and speaks at conferences nationwide.

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ASCD
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Published on
Jun 16, 2010
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Pages
194
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ISBN
9781416612100
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Language
English
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Education / General
Education / Professional Development
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
How do the arts stack up as a major discipline? What is their effect on the brain, learning, and human development? How might schools best implement and assess an arts program? Eric Jensen answers these questions--and more--in this book. To push for higher standards of learning, many policymakers are eliminating arts programs. To Jensen, that's a mistake.

This book presents the definitive case, based on what we know about the brain and learning, for making arts a core part of the basic curriculum and thoughtfully integrating them into every subject. Separate chapters address musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts in ways that reveal their influence on learning.

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