Teaching with Poverty in Mindby Eric Jensen District Leadership TeamDecember 14, 2010
Learning Goals: • TLW gain an overview and general understanding of the information from the book • TLW understand the different types of stress • TLW understand the emotional responses and capital students bring to school • TLW understand the importance of enrichment for students in poverty • TLW understand about “CHAMP”
Types of Poverty Situational Poverty Generational Poverty Absolute Poverty Relative Poverty Urban Poverty Rural Poverty
Types of Stress Acute Stress Chronic Stress Children from poverty experience significantly greater chronic stress than their more affluent counterparts.
What Stress Does to Memory Stress and Memory
Emotions Hardwired Sadness Joy Disgust Anger Surprise Fear
Emotions Taught Humility Forgiveness Empathy Optimism Compassion Sympathy Patience Shame Cooperation Gratitude
Back to the Keyboard Analogy Chopsticks Chopsticks II
“The reason things stay the sameis because we've been the same. For things to change, we must change!" – Eric Jensen We must change the ENVIRONMENT where our studentsare spending the most time.
Commodore 64 - Very little processing power
Remedy? • Create faster (super) computers with more processing power
Activities schools can use to help students improve their academic operating systems ･ Physical activity(increases the production of new brain cells...and is highly correlated with learning, mood, and memory) ･ Playing chess(increases students' capabilities in reading and math by increasing attention, motivation, processing, and sequencing skills) ･ The arts(improves attention, sequencing, processing, and cognitive skills) ･ Completing tasks administered by computer-aided instructional programs(improves memory and attention skills)
Music Enhances self-discipline, wide brain function, and verbal memory ･ Improves performances in mathematics (geometry) ･ Develops focused attention (enhancing memory) ･ Enhances students’ long-term will and effort (power of persistence)
“It’s up to us to upgrade childrens’ operating systems – or prepare to see a downgrade in their performance." – Eric Jensen
What can schools do to mitigate the effects of poverty on students’ brains?
Change the brain’s operating system. Hall, Tison band students earn positions on the All-Region Band A R T S
Arts Students taking theater and drama scored higher on the SAT than those with no arts instruction. High arts participation makes a more significant difference to low-income students than to high-income students. Arts build your students’ academic operating systems as well as or better than anything else your school offers.
Athletics In a study of 353,000 5th graders, 322, 000 7th graders, and 279,000 9th graders, higher fitness levels were associated with higher academic achievement. Athletics improves self-concept and reduces stress and aggression.
Advanced Placement Courses WHS receives '2010 College Readiness' honor from Texas ACT Council
Advanced Placement As a contributing factor of college success, participation in AP courses outrank grade point average, class rank, and SAT scores. A focus on college preparation in the context of a rigorous high school curriculum demystifies the college-going experience. Poor and minority students need educators and counselors who will provide support and encouragement for enrollment in rigorous classes.
CHAMPS Create foldable with CHAMPS information With a partner, discuss which of the CHAMPS subskills is most important? Which of the subskills are evident in WISD? How do you know? Be prepared to share one response, insight, or question with the whole group.
Overcoming poverty http://gentx.org/get-inspired/stories/