Mentoring Matters for Elementary Principals: October
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“Building a Pedagogy of Engagement for Students in Poverty”
In an article in the September issue of Kappan, Paul Gorski, author of Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Erasing the Opportunity Gaps (2013), outlines key strategies to cultivate equality in education despite the influence of poverty.
Gorski describes the shifting demographics across our country and notes that many educators, unaccustomed to teaching low-income students, may not be aware that poor families have limited or no access to health care and recreational activities let alone the technologies that have become so ingrained in our school culture. The difference in who has access to such resources and who does not contributes to the widening achievement gap.
Although educators cannot eliminate poverty on their own, Gorski offers a number of practices that can help to mediate the influence of poverty. The first step, he explains, is checking our own biases: Do we believe poverty is an indicator of intellectual deficiency? We must believe that ALL students can achieve at high levels regardless of their circumstance.
Classroom strategies …
Create schedules and structures that promote parental involvement
Incorporate arts into instruction
Incorporate movement into instruction
Focus on students’ strengths
Analyze materials for bias
System strategies …
Gorski concludes by encouraging us to control what is within our sphere of influence to control.
Gorski, P.C. Building a pedagogy of engagement for students in poverty. Phi Delta Kappan 95(1): 48-52.
October/November Monthly Checklists:
These lists are intended as a guide and are likely not all-inclusive! Process in your mentor-mentee team to identify other items that need to be addressed.