Tiffany EmbryMAT 735May 24, 2009
5 Things a Teacher Should Know
Students of Poverty1.
Remember the Hidden Rules
– Many students struggle when transitioning fromwhat is acceptable at home and what is acceptable at home. For example,language that is often used within the household may not be acceptable for schoolconversation, thus the student is reprimanded for using such language that is anorm within the household. (Payne, 1996).2.
Physical fighting is how conflict is resolved (Payne, 1996)
. As an EBD self-contained teacher, most of my students are raised in the low poverty level. It isvery difficult for me to teach students that physical violence is not how we solveconflicts. In my experience, students will have a disagreement, engage in a physical altercation, and then they are best friends 45 minutes later. I have foundthat when I call home to speak with parents about this, fighting is not that big of adeal and the student does not receive a reprimand when he/she returns home. Ihave also found that if a student is “punked out” by another and does not stand upfor himself, he is “taken care of” when he gets home either by other kids in theneighborhood or by siblings.3.
The noise level is higher and the importance to entertain the group is important.
(Payne, 1996). When the student becomes embarrassed or when the student doesnot understand they often become that “class clown” or the student who acts outnegatively to get attention.4.
Include entertainment in your curriculum.
Creating a curriculum that containsopportunities for the students to be entertained not only will allow students toremove themselves from the reality of their own world, but it also makes learningfun and interesting. It allows students to use their strengths (music, art, etc.) tolearn while doing something they love. (Beegle).5.
High clear expectations.
All students are capable of learning, no matter whathis/her home life is like. It is important to constantly tell students that you knowthey are capable of learning and expect the best.IEP Learning Disabled – EBD Students1.
Establish clear rules and procedures.
It is very important for students to knowwhat is expected and what happens if those expectations are not met.2.
Limit distractions within the classroom environment
. I know, the art work hanging from the ceiling is really cute, however every time the air/heat kicks on -