Students love to apply insights from valued black leaders
to solve poverty's problems by using their unique talents during Black History Month!
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These brain based tasks work particularly well during Black History Month -
as they focus on insights from and collaboration with a black leader. Aware that poverty tanks many learners, and after teaching inner city learners caught in poverty, I’ve developed a brain based unit called LEARNING FROM INSIDE A BRAIN ON POVERTY.
Each of these lessons was successfully used
with older learners and many have been adapted to very young students also.
Learning from Inside a Brain on Poverty
Lessons from a Black Leader
Contents Includes -
Personal peer stories – it will take all of us
Interview a black leader – it will take an expert’s wisdom
Apply a black leader’s insights – it takes action beyond words
My poverty story and what it taught me about change
Parents, facts and poverty struggles
Learner facts and poverty struggles
Teacher facts and poverty struggles
Tasks related to overcoming poverty together
When poverty fuels mental toxins
When poverty finds wellbeing
Prevent cortisol toxins that hold too many good people in poverty
Increase a brain’s wellbeing
Poverty and language IQ
Poverty and math IQ
Poverty and musical IQ
Poverty and movement IQ
Poverty and intuitive IQ
Poverty and social IQ
Poverty and natural IQ
Poverty and visual IQ
Poverty or possibilities
Task cards address poverty (apply ideas from black leader)
Rubric for poverty related task
Showcase your chosen black leader’s applied suggestions
You could say this entire unit addresses one key question:
HOW DOES YOUR BRAIN EQUIP YOU TO LEAPFROG OVER POVERTY’S POTENTIAL DESTRUCTION?
You’ll find learning tasks that develop all eight intelligences
to overcome poverty personally and collectively. Use these materials as posters, task cards – or both.
Hopefully my story will inspire students’ stories of poverty in their community
They will find research on poverty’s impact on their brains and discover what can be done to reignite brain chemicals for a different trajectory regardless of where they stand now. If I could move from the streets (without any family to support me) into a PhD completion, they too can follow lofty dreams and lead others to do the same.
These materials work in all disciplines to address learning standards.
Use in writing classes to present and communicate ideas and solutions effectively. Use in social studies class to address social justice. Use in science class to consider altering the brain’s anatomy to better deal with poverty and learning. Use in any team building setting to help students inspire, rather than judge peers who find themselves caught in poverty’s grip.
This unit was designed to facilitate many learning modes.
It becomes a mini lesson, an entire unit of study to address many of the CCSS standards, or an interspersed set of lessons and tasks that develop skills and grow strong community, even in the midst of poverty’s struggles.
Hopefully these ready-to-roll brain-based materials
will benefit your learners and leaders as they do mine at middle, secondary, university levels and beyond.
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All the best
as you learn and lead with the brain in mind!
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