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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 drives change both at the macro level (within schools and districts) and at the micro level (inside a student's brain);
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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Get this title at a discount when you buy it as part of a two-book set that includes the companion book, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement.
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ERIC JENSEN is a former teacher with a real love of learning. He has taught at all levels, from elementary school through university, and he is currently completing his Ph.D. in human development. In 1981, Jensen cofounded the United States' first and largest brain-compatible learning program, now with more than 50,000 graduates.
the brain and learning | teaching
achievement gap | at-risk students | brain-based education | economically disadvantaged students | poverty
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