Wednesday, March 9, 2016

10 Take-Away Statements From Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen


  1. 50% of student outcomes come from What a Teacher Does
  2. Learning is social. Half the class should be spent with social interaction, cooperative learning. 
  3. Students can only respond with emotions they know and have
  4. Students from lower socio-economic status are less likely to have positive interactions with their parents. In higher-income families the ratio of positive conversations to negative conversations was 6 to 1. The numbers shifted dramatically for middle-income families to 2:1 (positive to negative). For lower-income families, the ratio shifted to 1:2 (positive-to-negative). 3 to 1 is considered optimal for human growth. 
  5. Schools with low trust have a 1 in 7 chance of student growth in reading and math. Schools with strong climates of trust have a 1 in chance. 
  6. Building a strong working memory takes only 5-10 minutes of practice a day for 8-12 weeks. 
  7. Low SES students are more likely than their higher-SES peers to have auditory processing and language deficits. 
  8. There's no such thing as an unmotivated student; there are only students in unmotivated states, sitting in demotivating classrooms. 
  9. Teachers who score high in "life satisfaction," meaning they feel content with their personal and professional lives, are a whopping 43 percent more likely to produce significant achievement gains in the classroom than their less satisfied peers. 
  10. And as always: Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. 

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