A desire to make a real difference has led to a gathering of hundreds of teachers learning about the effect of poverty on children’s brains.
The effect of hunger on students is not a new revelation to teachers. What was new to many was learning about the effect of child hunger on the brain itself.
At Windsor High School in New York, Amy Green has taught math for 25 years and has seen first hand the effect of poverty and hunger on her students. “If a kid is thinking about how hungry they are, they are not thinking about the task,” she said. “I am a math teacher, so there is a lot of brain work there.”
The presentation attended by Green and approximately 430 school professionals from the Maine-Endwell and Windsor school districts was given by Eric Jensen, Ph.D, who is nationally recognized as an expert on brain based teaching. Jensen is a former teacher who has written several books on brain based teaching. He is a consultant who helps school districts and teachers use strategies based on how the brain works.