PD Session 03 – Chapter 4 Book Quotes

Teaching with Poverty in Mind – Chapter 4 Quotes

  • P. 66 – We have also learned that cognitive capacity is not fixed but improvable.
  • P. 69 – Kids raised in poverty – those kids who have the greatest social, academic, emotional, and health needs – are often those who have the least access to essential human services and classroom accommodations.
  • P. 69 – The high expectations policy makes sense only if your students are buttressed by high support.
  • Pgs. 69-70 – Some administrators may find it inconvenient or even crazy to be expected to provide a wide-ranging net of services that other schools don’t have to provide. But consider the alternatives. Most schools teaching kids from poverty do underperform, and those accountable often make excuses about “those kids.” But kids who get wraparound support are able to stop dwelling on their problems and limitations and to start focusing on the educational opportunities available to them. Until your school finds ways to address the social, emotional, and health-related challenges that your kids face ever day, academic excellence is just a politically correct but highly unlikely goal.
  • P. 70 – Until your school finds ways to address the social, emotional, and health-related challenges that your kids face every day, academic excellence is just a politically correct but highly unlikely goal.
  • P. 71 – This wraparound support fosters stronger, more disciplined student effort. Although it may be surprising to hear it, self-discipline actually counts more than IQ when it comes to academic achievement.
  • P. 73 – A key feature of high performing schools is an unwillingness to accept state or district tests as the sole measures of achievement. Successful schools generate their own high-quality, useful data on an ongoing basis and provide immediate feedback to both students and teachers.
  • P. 82 – With the small proportion of their lives that you do have access to, you cannot afford to waste a single class or school day. You cannot afford to put a student down or treat him unfairly. You cannot afford to bore a student or fail to engage her in class. You cannot suspend a student for anything frivolous; in fact, the more days students spend out of school, the less chance you have of success.
  • P. 83 – To get the best from your students, you must expect the best from yourself.
  • P. 91 – Your students can see whether staff members get along and support one another. A divided staff influences students’ perceptions about the value of relationships, and when staff members aren’t on the same page, odds of success drop dramatically.
  • P. 94 – Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is a recipe for failure.
  • P. 94 – Stop thinking remediation and start thinking enrichment.
  • P. 94 – The enrichment mindset means fostering intellectual curiosity, emotional engagement, and social bonding. An enriched learning environment offers challenging, complex curriculum and instruction, provides the lowest-performing students with the most highly qualified teachers, minimizes stressors, boosts participation in physical activity and the arts, ensures that students get good nutrition, and provides students with the support they need to reach high expectations.
  • P. 100 – Excellence takes time. You cannot expect your staff to get results in a high-stakes, challenging job with no planning time. That’s like asking an actress to perform without giving her a chance to read the script or walk through her lines. You’ll never get the quality you need by cutting corners.
  • P. 100 – Teachers work best when they feel free to make “errors of enthusiasm.”
  • P. 101 – Teachers sometimes end up in a mode of compliance (“Just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it!”) rather than a mode of creativity, innovation, and risk taking.
  • P. 103 – Set manageable daily, weekly, and monthly goals, and stick to them. Make one small change each week and practice it until it’s second nature. Make one big change each month and practice it until it’s second nature. Add stress-reducing activities, paint and clean up the classrooms, increase available light, and make any other small modifications that will improve student performance and morale. Celebrate progress and set new goals.
  • P. 105 – Countless schools have beaten the odds stacked against them. A powerful, school wide approach leads to positive effects that are neither transient nor localized. Such an approach enables you to focus on the priorities that will give you the biggest return on your investment of precious time, money, and human capital. To become a turnaround school, you need to isolate the important factors for change and focus relentlessly on them

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