Eric’s Latest Book: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind

Engaging-Students-Poverty- Brain Based In this galvanizing follow-up to the best-selling Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Eric Jensen digs deeper into engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students. Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind reveals:

  • Smart, purposeful engagement strategies that all teachers can use to expand students’ cognitive capacity, increase motivation and effort, and build deep, enduring understanding of content.
  • The (until-now) unwritten rules for engagement that are essential for increasing student achievement.
  • How automating engagement in the classroom can help teachers use instructional time more effectively and empower students to take ownership of their learning.
  • Steps you can take to create an exciting yet realistic implementation plan.

Too many of our most vulnerable students are tuning out and dropping out because of our failure to engage them. It’s time to set the bar higher. Until we make school the best part of every student’s day, we will struggle with attendance, achievement, and graduation rates.

This timely resource will help you take immediate action to revitalize and enrich your practice so that all your students may thrive in school and beyond. In Eric’s latest book, he shares student engagement strategies that are strongly tied to socioeconomic status. Learn the seven factors that are crucial to engaging disadvantaged students: health and nutrition, vocabulary, effort and energy, mind-set, cognitive capacity, relationships, and stress level. To address those factors, Jensen provides actions and solutions you can use in every day practice to:

  • Cultivate a high-energy and positive classroom climate that fosters success every day.
  • Build your students’ capacity to focus their attention, think critically, process content, and recall it from memory.
  • Create greater excitement that spurs student motivation and effort.
  • Develop students’ deep, sustained understanding of content.

The strategies in this book will empower you to automate student engagement efforts in your classroom and school so more struggling students succeed. You can get it at Amazon by clicking here.

How Poverty Impacts Education

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Education reform has been a hot topic in recent years, and leaders across the political spectrum have championed measures such as increased testing and results-based evaluation of teachers and school districts. But one of the most pervasive problems affecting public schools is rarely discussed as an education issue at all. With the recent news that a majority of K-12 students in the Southern and Western United States now live in low-income households, it is time to take a serious look at how poverty affects education.

10 surprising facts about how poverty affects academic success and what can be done to counteract its effects.

For Poverty Awareness Month, Scientific Learning has compiled facts about poverty… Here are 10 surprising facts you may not know about poverty and its impact on children in our schools: Click here to read more.

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12 Steps to a Better Life…

Why 8.5% is a Great, Gutsy, and Gaudy Goal.

Most people think a BIG goal is to improve XYZ in their life by 20% or even 50%. Today, you will read how your 8.5% goal can change everything else in your life for the better this year.

Getting Started

In short, the 8.5% times 12 months will multiply into something better than you ever imagined (+100%).

We are going to focus this year on just one thing.

Here it is: health.

I have enjoyed pretty good health for the last 10-20 years. In fact, I have been “sick” only twice (two colds for less than 3 days each) and had two relatively minor injuries. Only one of these “mishaps” caused me to miss a day of work (I hate it when that happens).

When I look back on my life, both of the two injuries could have been avoided. Think about that for a second; potentially, I could have had 100% work attendance with just a bit better daily health practices. I’d surely like to keep the good health moving forward, and maybe you would, too.

Now you might say that I do not have a classroom of first graders to catch colds from every day. You would be right about that; I don’t.

And, I might say, you likely don’t get on and off 80-90 flights a year, that are packed with total strangers who cough, sneeze, and put hands all over the seats inside a plane. I’d say you likely don’t rent cars 35-50 times a year that are full of germs, or that you don’t sleep in germ-ridden hotel rooms 75-95 times a year that are never cleaned well. So, how can I keep from getting sick? (more…)

Reduce the Wintertime Blues

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Want a Secret on How to Reduce the Wintertime Blues?

When the daylight hours get shorter, there’s a tendency to become less active. Sometimes we get more stressed, maybe we put on some weight and even get a bit cranky. But there’s a simple antidote to the “Wintertime Blues”.

The Research on How to Remove the Blues

Here’s a quick update on a powerful strategy you can do in the classroom. I do an update on this topic every couple of years because I am so passionate about it. (more…)

How to Get the Brains of Your Students to Change

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I am on a mission to help more educators become extraordinary this year. In this article, you will get an insight into how our brain works. Stay a learner for a moment and we can help you achieve the best professional year of your life.

Today, we will lock down one of the most core understandings about the human brain: how to get it to change. Let’s learn how to do this right. The reason you may care about this is because… (more…)

The Most Dangerous ‘Moat’ in 800 years

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Why You Might Be Very Concerned About America’s  Economy…

(and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself)

The true story of the most dangerous “moat” threat in 800 years

 Eric Jensen here.

As you know, I did my dissertation on poverty and have become quite interested in the economics of poverty.

I am writing you because I see a threat to your lifestyle and if our roles were reversed, I would like you to tell me about it.

This letter may be a bit uncomfortable to read. If it is, just put it down or delete it. But I will tell you that everything in this is true.

This does not mean there are no alternative narratives about this problem. Yes, there are other, more optimistic scenarios. But I think (and many others much smarter than me) I might (unfortunately) be right about this one. (more…)

Why Your Secret Bias Matters in the Classroom

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How to Have the Best Year of Your Professional Life

The word “explicit” means overt, obvious, known and spoken. Implicit means implied, insinuated, tacit and not said. Our biases have been known to show up in our classrooms in study after study. Surprisingly, most teachers claim they are NOT biased. This month, you’ll see how to recognize your biases and why you should alter them. You will get a critical insight and strategy for high-performance teaching. Stay a learner and you can turn this into the best year of your professional life. Let’s start with an awesome process for success. (more…)

Sure-Fire Ways to Ramp Up Student Achievement ASAP

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My goal is to help you become extraordinary this year. Every single strategy listed below is a teaching “factor” that ranks in the Top 20 of ALL contributors towards student achievement (sources listed at the end of this newsletter).

Below, you’ll want to turn these “teaching factors” into reality. Take just one of these and practice it until it becomes automatic. That could take you as little as 30 days or as long as a school year. In either case, once it becomes automatic, you congratulate yourself, and then add the next goal.

Here is the list to choose from (limit one per educator)… (more…)

Annual Updated Health Issue:

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Seven Changes You Can Make to Save Your Life

Our issue this month has seven changes you can make to save your life or extend it! You, or a family member, may be concerned about the “big two” killers (cancer and Alzheimer’s). This month we focus on cancer and the July issue will again be on Alzheimer’s.

By the way, every year these suggestions get so many rave reviews that they are re-sent, forwarded and “gifted.” Feel free to do so.

The first change will reduce your risk of cancer. A recent study shows that…

DISCLAIMER: Before I begin any comments about health, I am required by law to make a disclaimer. The disclaimer is, “The following comments are not meant to diagnose or treat any disease, nor have they been approved by the FDA.” (more…)

Time for Your Mental Autopsy

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If you’re like me, you’re so busy, and the idea of stopping for reflection is a tough one. It is especially hard when the topic is on work habits, mindsets and strategies. Plus, the word “autopsy” triggers thoughts of something that died.

Actually, you should be “killing” off weak or wrong ideas. But, why do you and I keep putting it off? For one, it’s hard work. Second, it may be painful. And finally, it takes time, and who’s got extra time? I don’t, and you probably don’t either.

Yet, to become better, you want to discipline yourself to do the things that others won’t do. This creates “separation” between you and those that complain and stay the same. This, in fact, is what gives you job security. Help yourself get 1% better every week of the year and you’ll become fabulous.

You’re already a minute into reading this, so let’s do a five-minute reflective “autopsy” on what is not working well. (more…)

Can You Raise Test Scores in 12 Minutes?

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(Yes, if you know how)

In a recent study, the mean reading comprehension score of low-income adolescents who engaged in 12 minutes of (doing what?) was higher than the mean reading comprehension score of low-income adolescents in the control group. Not a little bit higher, but MUCH higher!

The most amazing part of this intervention was that it was easily replicated, verifiable and very low cost. What was it? (more…)

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