Teaching Triumph: Enhancing Pedagogy to Realize the Academic Potenital of Students from Poverty
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It is the goal of this thesis to introduce an enhanced pedagogy with the purpose of better equipping educators to teach students from poverty, thereby closing the academic achievement gap that exists between socioeconomic classes in the United States. In it, I examine the impact that growing up in poverty has on academic potential and performance, and then explore practical methodological improvements that educators can employ in the classroom in order to overcome the deficits that growing up in poverty creates, and thus better serve socioeconomically disadvantaged students. My research consisted of exploring academic literature on the impact that poverty has on students’ academic capacities, as well as on strategies and techniques for maximizing academic performance and achievement for those students. The thesis will first provide a synthesis of scholarship on the impact of poverty on student learning capacity. Next it will introduce and examine pedagogical methods to effectively address that impact in the classroom. Finally, it will apply that intelligence, so as to produce original work in the form of annotated lesson plans geared towards overcoming the deficits created by poverty and providing all students with equal opportunity to realize their academic potential.