Teaching the poor

A poor teacher complains, an average teacher explains, a good teacher teaches, a great teacher inspires.

– Hosur Narasimhaiah


Mostly people from the less privileged background too are distinctive as people in any other socioeconomic class. They to similar like other groups have an array of values, beliefs, backgrounds and other similar things. As teachers and educators, in order to be compassionate towards the needs of the students. It’s useful to scrutinize what poverty plays on people’s lives, notably on children’s and how such surroundings dominate learning and academic achievement. Poverty affects intervening factors that, in turn, affect outcomes for people. These factors include students’ health and well-being; literacy and language development; access to physical and material resources; and level of mobility.

These aspects are mostly inter-related, and one aspect easily blends with the other aspects. For example, shoddy housing, faulty medical care, and impoverished nutrition can easily affect the rate of childhood disease, premature births, and low birth weights, all of which affect a child’s physical and cognitive development.Such factors influence students’ capacity to benefit from schooling. Living in daily economic hardship can als adversely affect students’ mental health.

An important body of group also points to disparity in accessing the reading materials by students from low-income families in comparison to their more affluent peers. Children who live in poverty often come to school behind their more affluent peers in terms of literacy and language development. Due to poverty, there are also other pressures that come along which makes the family’s capacity to provide the kids lesser. They might have limited or no access to high quality resource material and there is limited space in their homes to create a private and useful and helpful environment for the kids. Lack of computer and network would pose a difficulty for them as it through web that most of the things are easily accessible whether it is of study related or their living related.
Not much is known about the other influences that poverty poses on a student’s learning. A detailed understanding for this is required and it could bring out an invaluable knowledge to teachers in their efforts to support and teach students who live in poverty.
When children and adolescents know that their teachers care about them and are trying their best to relate to the realities of their lives, they become far more inclined to trust and actively engage in learning.