Having students who are homeless in the classroom can admittedly be challenging, necessitating ingenuity, creativity, and patience. Yet it is important to remember that the school can be a vitally important part of the homeless student’s life, for it can present the student with a sense of stability. Teachers play a major role.
Listed are some of the common frustrations experienced by students who are homeless and their teachers:
Ashamed of where they live
(especially if at a shelter)
Teased by other students about homelessness, hygiene, and inabilities
Misunderstood by parents
Difficulty adjusting to new school, magnified by situation
No place to do homework
(or quiet place for themselves)
Developmental delay augments feelings of failure
Students may have lived in many places, attending different schools with different teaching methods.
No school records.
Need to assess educational needs without prior records.
Need to do a quick assessment of student as formal measures are too time consuming.