Introduction -- Defining the well-being of a child -- Poverty in our midst -- Seeing with other eyes -- Becoming aware of assumptions -- Deepening our understanding -- Grasping the effects of poverty on teaching and learning -- FAcing more challenges -- And then there are the parents -- Learning from others' success -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Setting up a poverty tour -- Appendix B: Progress report.
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People who live in poverty consider life in different ways than those who have adequate basic resources. Many educators tend to see the world through their middle-class worldview. Because of this, they do not understand these significant and often rational differences. They may misinterpret behavior they see and ascribe negative connations to how their students are reacting. Their assumptions can affect the quality of both the teaching and the learning that happens. Most teachers have real passion for educating their students but their experiences limit how they relate to the challenges some of their students face daily.