Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change
By: Eric Jensen
Book reviewed by: Liesl Blackwell
The author, Eric Jensen, states, "As a throwaway kid, I was believed to be a disruptive loser who didn't care about learning. Actually, I loved learning: it was school I didn't like." The impact of poverty on the classroom is felt daily. Discussions regarding the ways in which educators work to meet the needs of children from poverty are imperative if students are to find success in a school setting.
This book is about choice for students as well as educators. Everyone gets knocked down. You have a choice about whether you are going to get up or not. This book shows how educators can give students a helping hand to get up until they can learn to do it for themselves.
Four mindsets for change are discussed:
Relational mindset- why the types of relationships teachers have with students are one of the biggest reasons why students graduate or drop-out. If you are not good at building relationships, or you are unsure how important they are, this mindset is for you.
Achievement mindset- learn about powerful success builders. Students from poverty can and do love to learn when you give them the right tools.
Classroom Climate mindset- strategies to create an energetic, high-performing class culture.
Engagement mindset- quick, easy practical strategies for buy-in and to build community.
This book will support educators in making smart choices in the classroom that allow students from poverty to engage with the teacher, their peers, and their learning.
Why I Recommend This Book:
This book hooked me from the first page. Poverty and its impact on learning is a real challenge for today's educators. The author goes beyond simply identifying problems or restating what we already know to be issues. He gives practical strategies that can be implemented immediately.