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Poor Students, Richer Teaching

This research-based resource details the difficult but necessary work that K–12 teachers must undertake to positively impact students living in poverty. A companion to Poor Students, Rich Teaching, this book outlines three new mindsets that enhance teaching and strengthen students’ learning: the positivity mindset, enrichment mindset, and graduation mindset. The author includes implementation strategies and lesson-planning tools.


  • Understand the urgency of addressing US poverty.
  • Learn three powerful mindsets to effect change.
  • Positively influence students’ emotional states to impact achievement.
  • Build students’ cognitive capacity to support learning.
  • Engage all students for success.

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Chapter 1: The New Normal
Part One: Why the Positivity Mindset?
Chapter 2: Secrets of the Positivity Mindset
Chapter 3: Boost Optimism and Hope
Chapter 4: Build Positive Attitudes
Chapter 5: Foster Control, Choice, and Relevancy
Chapter 6: Change the Emotional Set Point
Chapter 7: Lock in the Positivity Mindset
Part Two: Why the Enrichment Mindset?
Chapter 8: Secrets of the Enrichment Mindset
Chapter 9: Manage the Cognitive Load
Chapter 10: Develop Better Thinking Skills
Chapter 11: Enhance Study Skills and Vocabulary
Chapter 12: Build Better Memory
Chapter 13: Lock in the Enrichment Mindset
Part Three: Why the Graduation Mindset?
Chapter 14: Secrets of the Graduation Mindset
Chapter 15: Support Alternative Solutions
Chapter 16: Prepare for College and Careers
Chapter 17: Lock in the Graduation Mindset
Appendix A: Rich Lesson Planning
Appendix B: Running Your Own Brain




Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 12

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Appendix A