Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement Drawing from research experience and real school success stories this galvanizing book explores engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students

  • Title: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement
  • Author: Eric Jensen
  • ISBN: 9781416615729
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, this galvanizing book explores engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students.

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    1. Engaging Students with Poverty In Mind is an overpriced technical manual that is a followup to Jensen's first book (which I also read) that expands his conclusions in applying strategies to support students from poverty. Rife with useless anecdotes, peer-reviewed sources taken out of context to support Jensen's assumptive conclusions, and great classroom strategies balled into supporting techniques that both support extrinsic motivation and supporting students with questioning and classroom prac [...]

    2. Read with a discussion group of teachers in my district. The guiding principle here is to take 100% responsibility for the learning of your students. Every problem we find in our classroom (poor motivation, retention, behavior, comprehension, etc.) is due to poor teaching on our part, nothing more. This was difficult to accept, but since I'm not particularly confident in my teaching ability (half of my students perform poorly), I was willing to take it. There are many methods, strategies, and ti [...]

    3. A must-read for all educators! Jensen offers practical, student-centered strategies that will change the way you teach and energize your classroom. He includes the research to support these strategies. At the heart of this book is the importance of building relationships with students and making the classroom a haven for positivity and hope. After reading this book, I feel incredibly energized to tackle the new school year!

    4. I think this is what many educators are looking for: reasonable strategies to engage students of all backgrounds in classroom content. While Jensen addresses how these teaching strategies are beneficial for students living with poverty or low SES, he makes certain to stress that adopting these teaching methods will benefit ALL students. The chapters are well-organized and each concept is well explained with multiple real-world examples. Jensen provides resource recommendations as well, and his c [...]

    5. This book is full of good strategies, although not many of them were terrifically new to me. It's good advice that is much more difficult than the little vignettes make it seem to implement. Something about the author's tone is a little accusative, and made the non-strategy parts hard for me to get through. The author puts a lot of justifiable pressure on teachers to be the one thing that changes students lives. I get what he is saying, but at the same time recognize teachers need release too an [...]

    6. I would mark this 4.5 if that were possible. Well researched, concise and full of practical ways to engage students, but most specifically geared to those from low SES backgrounds. There are enough ideas to implement that you are likely to find several (at least) that you want to implement yourself. Definitely worth the time to read.

    7. To say this felt Herculean would be too easy. Was supposed to read this for new employee orientation but eight months later I couldn't stand seeing it still around anymore and finally ripped it into sections and focused myself one bite at a time.

    8. This book includes a lot of ready to use strategies to engage students, but I took issue with the author's stance. In my experience, implying that something isn't working because the teacher doesn't care enough is not a good way to "rally the troops."

    9. Eric Jensen presents in Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind strategies that address factors which are, in his estimation, "crucial" to engagement of students who are challenged by socioeconomic factors.In Chapter 1, Jensen reveals the 7 factors crucial to student engagement:- Good health & nutrition- Rich vocabulary experiences- Effort & energy- Positive, growth-oriented mind set- Cognitive capacity- Positive adult (teacher) relationships- Effective reduction of stress levelsIn Chapte [...]

    10. This book offers a lot of concrete solutions for engaging students of all backgrounds. By considering specifically kids from poverty it ensures that strategies used will be suitable to reach kids from a variety of backgrounds. This is another book that I wish would be required reading for all educators as it not only stresses the importance of empathy for your students and understanding the effects of their cognition on their behavior, emotional states, and cognition, it also strongly encourages [...]

    11. This is a follow up to Jensen's book Teaching with Poverty in Mind. While it focuses on the seven engagement factors, (health and nutrition, vocabulary, effort and energy, mindset, cognitive capacity, relationships, and stress) which impact students from low SES, it is filled with ideas and strategies for all types of learners. Worth the read for anyone in education!

    12. A very enlightening book that did provide some helpful insight into the mind of a child. I glad some useful tips from the book i.e. team work gives the children a sense of proud, and helps them see the bigger picture when you give them a role.

    13. I wish I would have read this book eight years ago. It would have saved me so many sleepless nights. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all teachers who want to make an impact at their school.

    14. Great book on how to think of ways to engage students! I can't wait to use the ideas on my future students.

    15. A lot to think about in this book, especially for a non-teacher. I believe there are elements that I may be able to use in any transformational leadership position. Worth a second read.

    16. Excellent resource!Eric Jensen gives targeted and specific strategies to empower all students in classrooms with high levels of poverty.

    17. I love how this book breaks down Engagement into practical strategies and then backs it up with data. I both saw areas I was doing well and areas I could improve. Loved it!

    18. The really important fact about this book - this is good teaching for ALL students, not just those in poverty- however, for those students this is vital teaching. Practical reminders of strategies that should be in every teacher's bag of good instructional practices.

    19. I enjoyed the majority of this book. It presents authentic strategies that you can use in your classroom immediately. It did focus mostly on elementary school strategies, and some of them seem difficult to adapt for the secondary level. I found the final chapter especially useful, when Jensen said that each school/teacher needs a game plan and a system for implementation- merely trying out random strategies that seem interesting isn't sustainable or useful to kids. I highly recommend this book t [...]

    20. Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric JensenSimilar to Teaching with Poverty in Mind, there were many ideas in here that I feel are part of who I am as a teacher to begin with. That being said, there was quite a bit to take away from the book as well. There are a number of great strategies for getting students to focus and be engaged (so look out for them this year)! I also like his mantra that if something isn't working, we need to look at what we're doing rather than make excuses for [...]

    21. This is not earth-shattering but it does draw attention to things to be mindful of as teachers. He includes a good deal of research in each chapter-- example: # of words used per day by people of low SES versus their counterparts and how that affects school for these kids. I appreciated the strategies he offered. Ex: some ways to get kids up and moving for a few moments, tailored to both elementary and then high school levels. The research was grounded in SES, but the strategies are for ALL kids [...]

    22. If you want ideas that are easy to implement with relatively little prep time needed, this is a perfect book for you. However, to me the tone is at times condescending. If we were better teachers using more effective strategies in our classrooms, our students would learn more and behave better. Don't take it personally, read the book for the great ideas and know you are doing your best each and every day.

    23. This book had a lot of great strategies for engagement that are good for ALL students. I liked that a lot. It got a little preachy at the end, and I did kind of skim the elementary strategies because I know my students. Overall, I think there are lots of things I can take away from this book to help students in poverty and to understand their situations better.

    24. This book has a lot of real-world implementation examples of its methods. This book would make a good resource for a probationary teacher working in a district with low socio economics. The book boils down to conveying to teachers that when you care about and engage your students, they do better in school. The techniques in this book go well with positive behavior intervention programs.

    25. Eric Jensen never disappoints! He includes relevant information regarding how students of poverty learn (or fail to learn, in some cases). However, the strategies included in the book, will benefit all teachers of all students. Jensen's quote from p.174 says it all: "If you refuse to try new things, you rob both your students of their possibilities and you of your own potential."

    26. This follow up book to Teaching With Poverty In Mind, is much more useful and practical than its predecessor. Every chapter has around thirty specific strategies with examples to create a positive classroom climate, improve students' working memories, build vocabulary, increase interest and buy-in, and many more. Highly recommended!

    27. A worthwhile read with lots of helpful, practical ideas that I have enjoyed experimenting with. Dense. I've been reading this book since August, a chapter or two every few weeks and then time to implement what I've read before reading further. There is so much in this book - I could easily read it again next year and keep adding pieces from it to my teaching.

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