This course will contemplate not only how children of poverty-stricken homes (low or no income) learn, but the best practices that should be used to motivate them to learn as well. Resources and activities to inform and “reform” more developmentally-appropriate teaching instruction will be offered to participants.
This course relates to The College of Charleston conceptual framework and theme of making the teaching and learning connection by participants becoming familiar with what poverty is, and how this may affect a child in school. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to classify students according to the poverty they may be experiencing, identify and compare the outcomes of poverty on children as seen in the classroom, interpret the implications that poverty has on teacher-parent/teacher-student/parent-student relationships, identify ways in which motivation can be instilled in children of poverty, implement curriculum adaptations for children of poverty (including the effective use of technology), and execute teaching that puts in practice effective and efficient methods for teaching children of poverty.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Children of Poverty: Introduction to and History of the Research
Week 3: Identifying At-Risk Students, Addressing Diversity, and Parental Involvement
Week 4: The Achievement Gap, the Lack of Readiness, and Student Motivation to Learn
Week 5: The Implications for Curricular Adaptations
Week 6: Embracing Technology in Impoverished Areas
Week 7: Classroom Implementation
This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop are available online.