Teaching With Poverty In Mind – an Interview with Eric Jensen

Eric Jensen discusses his Brain-Based Learning approach in working with students in poverty.

90 Second “Kids From Poverty” Quiz

Take This 90 Second “Kids From Poverty” Quiz and Decide if You Should Be “Upgrading” Your TITLE 1 Classroom Skill Set in July

Before you begin, grab something to record your answers with. Go ahead and get out paper… Are you ready?

1. How much of student achievement in kids from poverty is correlated with their parent’s IQ scores?

a) Significant amount
b) Moderate amount
c) Negligible amount

2. Classroom behavior problems from with kids from poverty are based in the very same issues as with the non-poor (need for structure, clear rules, and consistent enforcement).
True or False?

3. What is the biggest academic predictor (at age 5) for how kids will do at age 11?
a) reading and math scores
b) positive attitude about school
c) working memory
d) IQ scores
e) having parent participation

4. Many poor kids who show you an “attitude” when you are disciplining them typically need an authority figure to show them the rules and consequences.
a) That’s the truth
b) Some truth, but not all
c) Mostly untrue

5. Which 3 are the most common disorders among the poor?
a) Delayed development, stress and AD/HD
b) Dyslexia, oppositional defiant disorder and de-motivation
c) Dyscalculia, dyslexia and oppositional defiant disorder
d) Drug abuse, depression and dyslexia

You’re getting this quiz for a reason. In the United States, about 22% of all schoolage kids come from families of poverty. These kids form the largest identified subgroup in America with unmet academic and behavioral needs. While every school in America has SOME kids that are more poor the rest of the students, many of you are seeing those numbers continuing to rise. The trend is “up” everywhere.

Now, why did I ask you the above questions? Two reasons. Read more