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Poverty Awareness

Teaching in a school that has an at risk population on a free and reduced lunch program is radically different from the norm. Here is a list of resources to be aware of that sets the necessary social, emotional, and motivational behaviors necessary to make children in poverty successful in schools.
A Collection By Mary Page
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Poverty Awareness
  • onlinecollege.org
    onlinecollege.org

    12 Reasons Community Service Should Be Required in Schools

    10 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    Poverty puts children in a different group of people and setting. From that they learn opportunities exist in poverty that they can use to propel to the next level. They meet people who help others and it gives hope and a new perspective. It raises academic score. The Principals at Ashbel Smith often took chronic misbehavior children and put them to work helping the office or the maintenance crew. The students learned many life lessons from support personnel.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

    5 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    Good article about giving choices. We live in a democracy and democracy is all about choices. School law demands we teach by example the ways of democracy and giving students choices is an easy way to incorporate the concepts. Guess what? It helps increase intelliegience and eventually leads to self discipline. All of which are the true goals of education. Creating a thinking citizenship capable of creating new paths and including minority groups in those paths.
  • The Flippen Group

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    flippengroup.com
    flippengroup.com
    Mary Page says:
    A third party program developed by Flip Flippen and used district wide in Goose Creek to develop nurturing learning environments for adults and students that lead to exemplary campuses in elementary. The program transforms the school environment by teaching virtues and the use of a social contract. It was the basis that started the journey to excelling from 2006 to 2011 in academic scores. We cared. The parents cared, The students cared.
  • pbs.org
    pbs.org

    Seven Tips for Practicing Positive Discipline

    5 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    You have to decide as a professional and as a parent what environment you wish to create that will give your child the maximum opportunity to develop fully. It is a dance. The child has a personality of strength and weaknesses and so does the adult. It is in the compromises and establishment of relationship that the give and take given in positive ways and the forgiveness and assurance that despite a poor behavior episode all will be centered again.
  • Mary Page says:
    For every negative comment from an authority figure that a child hears and is internalized it takes 100 positive statements to undo. So children in poverty environments often hear more negative comments even personalized negative comments than positive ones. It is detrimental to their mental health and emotional well being to use negative discipline and punitive punishment in schools. If it worked we would not have failing schools.
  • cehd.umn.edu
    cehd.umn.edu

    Behavior Modification: A proactive intervention for the classroom

    10 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    Not all behavior is bad. What you want is to increase postive behaviors and decrease not so positive behaviors. For instance running down the hallways screaming during a normal school day is not appropriate. A student made another student mad and they chose to react that way. Say an intruder enters with a gun. It is entirely appropriate that a student run down the hallway to save their life and to alert others. Different antecendents with similar outcomes.
  • ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    Poverty and Language Development: Roles of Parenting and Stress

    20 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    Most students do not come to school speaking standard English even in the best economic circumstances BUT the higher economic levels have the neuro pathways in place to quickly adjust to the language expectations where as poverty students have to develop the path ways first and then accelerate.The first 5 to 10 minutes of my math teaching often was vocabulary development with math literature books, word play, and a general conversation using math terms.
  • Mary Page says:
    A Framework for Understanding Poverty book gives insight into the dynamics that the economic/social level play in making students academically successful. Schools are culturally set up on middle class values and often poverty students do not respond to parts of that environment since it is detrimental to their survival at home. My students were all poor so a part of my teaching everyday was about middle class values.