Socioeconomic Status in the Classroom
Reflect on the impact of socioeconomic status (SES) on you and your students or the students in your neighborhood school. Write a 3- to 4-page response to the following:
- Is your socioeconomic status similar to or different from the students’?
- In what ways is it similar or different?
- How do differences between your SES background and your students’ SES background hinder your teaching?
- How do you ensure that your perceptions and assumptions do not impede student learning?
- Does the difference affect the way you teach your students? If so, how?
- If someone were to visit your classroom or neighborhood school without knowing anything about the school, would the visitor be able to easily identify your students’ SES? Yours?
- Take a “Learning Walk” in your school from the perspective of a student’s parent prior to responding to the following:
- How does your school setting, the interactions between and among staff members and students, the classroom, and teaching materials reflect the backgrounds of your students and honor their real-life experiences?
- Based on the information in the chapter you selected from the text (Blankstein, Noguera, & Kelly, 2016), Overcoming the Silence of Generational Poverty (Beegle, 2003), and 474: Back to School (This American Life, 2012), compare and contrast the contribution of these resources to your understanding of poverty by answering the following:
- Does the discussion of non-cognitive skills change your perception of children who come from backgrounds of poverty?
- How could you include non-cognitive skills in your daily classroom teaching and lessons?
Note: If you are not currently teaching or you do not identify a difference in socioeconomic standing between yourself and the students at your school, you may either opt to reflect on the materials that were available to you as a student or to complete an Internet search for resources you feel would be excellent additions to a particular age/content area classroom.
Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.
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Beegle, D. M. (2003). Overcoming the silence of generational poverty. Talking Points, 15(1), 11-20. Retrieved from http://www.ncte.org/journals/tp
Blankstein, A. M., Noguera, P., & Kelly, L. (2016). Excellence through equity: Five principles of courageous leadership to guide achievement for every student. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.
This American Life. (2012, September 14). 474: Back to school [Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/epi…