Understanding Poverty in the Classroom: Changing Perceptions for Student Success by Beth Lindsay TempletonUnderstanding Poverty in the Classroom: Changing Perceptions for Student Success by Beth Lindsay Templeton

Understanding Poverty in the Classroom: Changing Perceptions for Student Success

byBeth Lindsay Templeton

Paperback | June 16, 2011

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People who live in poverty consider life in different ways than those who have adequate basic resources. Many educators tend to see the world through their middle-class worldview. Because of this, they do not understand these significant and often rational differences. They may misinterpret behavior they see and ascribe negative connotations to how their students are reacting. Their assumptions can affect the quality of both the teaching and the learning that happens. Most teachers have real passion for educating their students but their experiences limit how they relate to the challenges some of their students face daily.Understanding Poverty in the Classroom:* Identifies perceptual differences* Teaches strategies to address the special needs of children from poverty* Encourages teachers to learn about the neighborhoods where their students live and what to look for in those areas * Confronts myths about poverty and reinforces learning with specific illustrationsThis resource is interactive with exercises that increase the reader's learning and provides specific tools to improve the educational process for teachers, students, and parents.
Beth Lindsay Templeton, director of Our Eyes Were Opened, is a community activist, innovator, minister, consultant, teacher, and writer. She began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher and for the last twenty-eight years has worked at United Ministries, a non-profit in Greenville, South Carolina.
Title:Understanding Poverty in the Classroom: Changing Perceptions for Student SuccessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.21 × 6.12 × 0.46 inPublished:June 16, 2011Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Understanding PovertyChapter One: Defining the Well-Being of a ChildChapter Two: Poverty in Our MidstChapter Three: Seeing With Other EyesChapter Four: Becoming Aware of AssumptionsChapter Five: Deepening Our UnderstandingPart Two: Helping Students Who Live in PovertyChapter Six: Grasping the Effects of Poverty on Teaching and LearningChapter Seven: Facing More ChallengesChapter Eight: And Then There Are the ParentsPart Three: Success Is PossibleChapter Nine: Learning From Other SuccessesChapter Ten: ConclusionSourcesAbout the AuthorAppendix One: Setting Up A Poverty TourAppendix Two: Progress Report

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America will live up to its aspirations for public education only if students in poverty excel to high expectations. Beth Lindsay Templeton has worked for years to understand, address, and explain the issues faced by families in poverty. Anyone interested in America's future and the future of America's communities will benefit from her wisdom and insights.