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ERIC Number: EJ790584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Nine Powerful Practices
Payne, Ruby
Educational Leadership, v65 n7 p48-52 Apr 2008
Students from families with little formal education often learn rules about how to speak, behave, and acquire knowledge that conflict with how learning happens in school. They also often come to school with less background knowledge and fewer family supports. Formal schooling, therefore, may present challenges to students living in poverty. Teachers need to recognize these challenges and help students overcome them. In her work consulting with schools that serve a large population of students living in poverty, the author has found nine interventions particularly helpful in raising achievement for low-income students. Here, she discusses these strategies that will help raise the achievement of students living in poverty: (1) Build relationships of respect; (2) Make beginning learning relational; (3) Teach students to speak in formal register; (4) Assess each student's resources; (5) Teach the hidden rules of school; (6) Monitor progress and plan interventions; (7) Translate the concrete into the abstract; (8) Teach students how to ask questions; and (9) Forge relationships with parents. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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