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What are the best teaching strategies for teaching boys and

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Robin Estenbaum

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Gender Learning Styles
How Girls Learn -

Less impulsive/sits still
Work successfully in collaborative ways
with partners
Work more carefully
check their work
take time
add detail to written work
More likely to ask a teacher for help
Take more care regarding presentation
Can concentrate for longer periods of time
Why Boys Fail
Due to Learning Styles

How Boys Learn -

Teaching styles which encourage
Being engaged and focused
Playing music
Nature, being outdoors
By impulse
Mechanical strengths
Hardwired for single tasks
Need rest, zone out when bored
Difficulty transitioning
Less oxytocin in the brain leads to playful rough housing.
Gender Learning Styles

Teaching Boys and Girls

Boys & Girls
How Do They Learn?
What are the best
teaching practices
for teaching boys
and girls
in one classroom?
70% of students diagnosed with learning disabilities are male
45% of students enrolled in college are males
80% of high school drop outs are boys
Techniques for Teaching Boys

Bright Classrooms
Speak Loudly
Illustrate Stories before Writing Them
Use Overhead Projector to practice reading and writing
Inquiry Question?

Boys Have Difficulty with

Hearing as well as girls
Seeing as well as girls
Single Sex Education

185 public school now offer some form of single-sex education.
Boys Brain & Girls Brain
Functions of the Brain
VARK stands for

V=visual (pictures, movies, diagrams),
Differences Between Male and Female Brain
Characteristics of Girls' Brains
A girls corpus callosum (connecting bundle of tissue between hemispheres), is on average, larger than a boy's - up to 25%.
Girls typically have stronger neural connectors in their temporal lobes than boys. (These connectors lead to more sensually detailed memory storage, better listening skills, and better discrimination among voice tones. Which leads to greater use of detail in writing assignments.)
Boys use half the space that girls use for verbal-emotive functioning. (Due to more cortical area dedicated to spatial-mechanical functioning.)
The hippocampus (another memory storage in the brain) is larger in girls than boys, increasing girls' learning advantage, especially in language arts.
Girls prefrontal cortex is generally more active than boys; and develops at earlier ages. Therefore, girls tend to make fewer inmpulsive decisions than boys do. Girls have more serotonin in the bloodstream and the brain, which makes them biochemically less impulsive.
Girls typically use more cortical areas of the brain for verbal and emotive functioning. Boys use the cortical areas for spatial and mechanical functioning.
Characteristics of
Boys' Brains
The cortical spatial-mechanical function typically makes boys want to move objects through space, like balls, model airplanes, or their arms and legs.
Typically, boys will experience words and feelings differently than girls do.
Boys have less serotonin than girls, and less oxytocin, which is the primary human bonding chemical. This makes them more likely to be physically impulsive, and less likely to sit still or chat sympathetically with a friend.
Boys brains operate with less blood flow than girls' brains, and are structured to compartmentalize learning. Which means, girls multitask better. Boys have short attention spans.
The male brain is set to renew, recharge, and reorient itself by entering rest state. It is usually boys who drift off to sleep during a lecture, or tap their pencil, or fidget to stay awake.
Girls typically recharge without rest states. A girl can be bored with a lesson, yet continue to take notes and stay awake.
Federal law supports the option of single-sex education. In 2006, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings eased federal regulations, allowing schools to offer single-sex classrooms and schools, as long as such options are completely voluntary. This move gives parents and school districts greater flexibility.

Single-sex education is illegal and discriminatory, or so states the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) . In May 2008, the ACLU filed suit in federal court, arguing that Breckinridge County Middle School's (Kentucky) practice of offering single-sex classrooms in their public school is illegal and discriminatory. The school doesn't require any child to attend a single-sex class, yet the suit argues that the practice violates several state and federal laws, including Title IX and the equal Educational Opportunities Act

More than one-third of Americans feel parents should have the option of sending their child to a single-sex school. (25% of respondents oppose the idea.)

The fact remains that there are relatively few single-sex schools in our nation's public education system, and where they do exist, they are offered as an option rather than a requirement. If the single-sex education movement continues, you may find yourself in a position to vote for or against it in your own community.

Why this question?
Began to notice the points the article made when watching the students. I became intriqued.

One day a few years ago, I picked up a psychology magazine.

Two sons - was I trying to conform them?
Wanted to learn more about the differences between boys and girls.
Breckenridge School District
Special Education
Serve 17 students K-12
Elementary Students - 8
High School Students - 9

Middle to lower income

Girls - 8
Boys - 9
Majority of students are transfer students from other districts.
Special Eduction Teacher - 1
Special Education Aide - 1
Self-contained classroom students - 1
Yet when asked if they'd consider a single-sex school for their own children, only 14% said they "definitely would" and 28% said they "probably would."
Cited References
Gender Differences in Learning Styles, www.ehow.com
With Boys and Girls in Mind, Educational Leadership
How Boy's Learning Style Differ, Good Therapy.org
What's your child's learning style?, www.leapfrog.com
Techniques for Teaching Girls
Hands on learning activities

provide materials that can be touched, built or taken apart in order to communicate concepts.

Prefer when teachers stand still and do not move about
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