Teacher Feature


Cynthia Thomas Epler


Poverty and the Brain


When I started this class my expectations were a greater depth of knowledge about supporting my students especially my more struggling ones. I guess I was looking for strategies to use in my counseling. As much as this book was about educating teachers and giving them strategies for the classroom, the basic neuroscience can be use across disciplines. On that premise I learned a lot!

The most important lesson I learned was I need to learn more. I feel I have just touch the surface of understanding and implementation. I want a deeper knowledge and understanding. So my behaviors and speech reflect that understanding. I am not sure my synapses are solidified yet. I don’t want to lose what I just learned. I would also like to change the knowledge direction from teaching to counseling. I have just read a bit about the impact of neuroscience on counseling. To have both perspectives would make a big difference in my counseling. I see this knowledge as a totally different perspective on everything. It is looking at school, personal and social life through a different lens. It is a brighter illumination on life and the world.


This knowledge has already proven itself at my school. As I had mentioned I had a teacher whom had a problem with a student, we solved the problem using my new found perspective. I think this is the way to spread the news, results orientated. The Social Studies teacher I shared This knowledge has changed my counseling also. I teach my students about their brains and what is happening at this point in their brain development. I think they feel a bit more empowered. We talk about fluid intelligence, being able to use outside school strengths for learning. This helps them see their whole self and dissolves the walls between their personal life and school life.