Teri Wilkins

Life-long learner. Educator. Thinker.


Teresa Wilkins is not only a friend and colleague but was also my teacher. Teri didn't just stand in front of the classroom and read from a book. She taught from life experiences. She would share stories with her classes that would help us understand the material more clearly. She was a great asset to my high school and has been a great asset to me.

–Tiffani Krause



I have been counting my blessing lately. While working as a high school teacher, I dealt with students who had to struggle with financial issues, but now that I am also doing community-centered work, I really see the impact of poverty.

I have read Ruby Payne’s books and found them helpful. The backlash against her interests me. In short, the criticism stems from her taking a “deficit” approach. That strikes me as odd. People in poverty will have certain deficits.

PsychCentral recently had a blog which addressed the impact of poverty on brain development. Currently I’m reading Eric Jensen’s Teaching with Poverty in Mind and Regenia Rawlinson’s A Mind Shaped by Poverty. A question: How do we keep expectations high and not succumb to patronizing students?

Posted on September 4th, 2010 at 9:15 am under the category Thoughts. Go ahead, leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “Poverty”

  1. what is income protection Says:

    January 8th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Great article, thanks a lot!

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