Eric’s Latest Book: Poor Students, Richer Teaching.

This strategy-packed book solves two important problems for every educator. First, it connects mindsets (of the teacher, not the student) to their teaching. This is powerful because good teachers with the wrong mindsets will likely struggle. Second, it completes the remaining sequence of mindsets introduced in the first book,“Poor Students, Rich Teaching.”

To write a powerful book on poverty, one must know many of the common issues that the poor face. They include chronic stress (which is why I have mind-bending chapters on optimism, hope, autonomy and choice).

The poor also face cognitive differences, so there is work on building the “academic brain” (thinking, reasoning, memory, learn to learn and processing skills). Plus, you’ll get a powerful chapter on why you may want to manage the student’s “cognitive load.”

Finally, many poor deal with emotional issues that can be paralyzing. That’s why you’ll see chapters on changing the emotional set point (which has tools to reduce the adverse emotional states).

Here’s a quick look at the Chapters:

  • Hope-building: the Biology that Changes Student Brains
  • How to Boost Optimism and Hope
  • Building Attitudes of Gratitude
  • Can You Build Better Brains?
  • Your Students Can Remember More!
  • Teaching Learn to Learn Skills
  • Build Better Thinking Skills
  • The Real Reason Secret Solution (APE)
  • Manage the Cognitive Load
  • Changing the Emotional Set Point
  • Foster Autonomy and Choice
  • Building Rich Lesson Plans
  • The Graduation Mindset

Every one of the chapters above can help over come the common issues for students from poverty. Many of these ideas I have given just a brief mention (as in 1-3 sentences) in other books. But I have never given you the absolute best, top-tier classroom-tested strategies to teach better on these insights. This book has the powerful strategies you can use the very next day. Jump in and start enjoying the bounty.