Teaching with Poverty in Mind (Jensen)

In this well-researched and organized account, Jensen presents the research on the students who are showing up in our classrooms and makes suggestions about how we should respond, both overall and in particular classrooms. There’s nothing here to argue with – and I cringe at the prospect of discussing this one with people who would attempt to dismiss it because of their own experience.

Only the last chapter, “Instructional Light and Magic,” disappoints. In this chapter, Jensen means to show us how his ‘transformed’ teacher, a Mr. Hawkins, now teaches because of what he’s learned about low-SES students.

What comes before that chapter makes sense. Putting these words into action?


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