A Teacher 's Perception Of The Urban Child Affect The Student 's Academic Performance

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Achievement in regards to education is a loaded word filled with expectations. By definition, to achieve means to get or reach something by working hard or to become successful (to reach a goal). “Parents want their children to ACHIEVE. Administrators want students to ACHIEVE. Teacher’s feel the pressure of being evaluated on the basis of how their students ACHIEVE. All of the significant adults in the child’s milieu focus on achievement” (Carlson, Dinkmeyer, & Korval, 2001). So how is a child expected to meet these expectations? Who is in charge of assisting children in meeting these goals? The Person or position that will be the focus of this paper is the “teacher”. Is there a link to the education of the teacher and their development of professional identity? Does this directly affect the dynamic established in the classroom? Can a teacher’s perception of the urban child affect the student’s academic performance?
Problem Statement
The NYC Public School population is predominantly comprised of non- Anglo-Saxon children or minorities. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 2001 urban children “will experience mostly white teachers in their education”. The problem with this is, “Many teachers find underachievement of children of color normal or expected”, (Longwell-Grice & Saffold, 2007). It is important to work on this problem in order to ensure that all children are being encouraged to think, create, and advance based on their capabilities…

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