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The Gendered Brain

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Transcript of The Gendered Brain

What do you know about
boys and girls?
Before we Begin..
BRAIN GYM
1- Drink Water
2 - Brain Buttons
3 - Cross Crawl
4 - Hook-ups
Let's Give it a try...
THE GENDERED BRAIN
Now time to think
1st - Chat with your same sex buddies
at your table

2nd -Write down one characteristic of a
girl
at the top of the
pink paper
and
one characteristic of a
boy
at the
top of the
blue
paper.
Parts of the Brain
Let's Play Steal a Seat
1 - Your table will group with another table.
2 - Set-up your chairs like it is musical chairs.
3 - Let's play "Steal a Seat". I will explain the rules after the first round of music plays. You can also find the rules in your handout.
The Big Question is...
...what did you say in the beginning of this presentation?
What do you think knowing what you know about men and women?
HOW DO MALE AND FEMALE
BRAINS DIFFER???
Mammalian -
Feeling

Neomammalian-
Thinking

Reptilian -
Survival


Triune Brain


Cerebrum - Thinks hard

Cerebral Cortex - Covers the cerebrum

Corpus Callosum - Connects left and right hemisphere

Basal Ganglia - Controls movement

Thalamus - Controls emotions

Hypothalamus - Controls breathing and sex drive

Amygdala - Controls emotions i.e. anger/fear

Hippocampus - Memory

Cerebellum - "Doing center" sensory perception, coordination, motor control
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR STUDENTS TO MOVE UP THE TRIANGLE??
What the research says about boys:
FAST FACTS:
What do you do with this information to have a classroom that is Gendered Brain friendly?
Let's Try Some Activities:
Sages Share

What's in your wallet/purse

Letter Lottery
Male
Brain
Female
Brain
What a boy needs
in the classroom?
What a girl needs
in the classroom?
Cerebral Cortex is
bigger on right side &
slower processing speed
Boys need abstract problems
and to relate things spatially. They need wait time to process information.
Bansal Ganglia - aka
controls movement -
engages quicker in
males
Boys need to get moving in the
classroom. They respond to
kinesthetic lessons.
Amygdala is bigger in
males. They tend to
anger more quickly.
Don't make them mad. In all
seriousness - do activities
that can excite as well as do
activities that calm the emotions.
Cerebellum is bigger in
males. Less impulse
control.
Show patience. Movement in
classroom.
Cerebrum is used
more and constantly
going. Can multi-task.
Allow girls to use
their multi-tasking, reflecting,
and analyzing abilities.
Cerebral Cortex is
thicker on left side.
Girls need to communicate
and use their linguistic skills.
Corpus Callosum is thicker.
Can process info quickly,
connect language and
feelings. Hypersensitive.
Same as above. Remember
that this may cause them to
be more dramatic.
Thalamus processes data
faster in females. Stress
at "that time of month."
Be mindful of emotions and
try to decrease stress in classroom.
Hippocampus is larger.
Increased memory.
Allow girls to utilize their
ability to remember info.
If we do not have enough time/space,
we will play Rapid Review.
Great review activity
Great ice breaker
Great review activity or ice breaker
What the research says about girls:

"Boys represent 90% of discipline problems, 80% of the dropouts, and 2/3 of the identified learning disabled in America's classrooms" (Golon, 2007).

Golon's suggestions:
-Allow for ample hands-on learning opportunities
-Maintain a sufficient level of challenge
-Use symbolism, charts, graphs, diagrams
-Allow movement
-Give plenty of work space
-Incorporate more images
-Use computers/media often
(2007).
Prefrontal Cortex - executive functioning -
develops faster for women and is larger. It also restrains aggression more in women. Does not fully develop until the age of 25 (Tyre & Scelfo, 2006).
"More levels of estrogen, cortisol and dopamine can cause a female to be more stressed by emotional conflict than her male counterpart" (2006).
Girls enter puberty sooner = hormone fluctuation
(Gurian, 2011)
(Gurian, 2011)
(Hooker & Lewis, 2012)
(Hooker & Lewis, 2012)
Female performance on writing exams drops by 14-20 % during their menstrual cycle.
Between 2000-2005, the number of boys from birth to 19 being prescribed ADHD meds grew by 48%.
67% of all women avoid certain activities due to feeling bad about their looks.
57% of all girls say they don't always tell their parents certain things because they don't want them to think badly of them.
The educational system is better organized to match the female brain development.
(Hooker & Lewis, 2012)
Parts Explained
References Page
AllanGregg. (2012, March 29). Michael Gurian on why girls do better in school. Retrieved July 25, 2013. from

Doveunitedstates. (2013, April 14). Dove Real Beauty Sketches. Retrieved July 25, 2013. from

Doveunitedstates. (2012, March 13). Why do 6 out of 10 girls stop doing what they love. Retrieved July 25, 2013 from

FirstscienceTV. (2007, October 17). The difference between men and women's brains. Retrieved March 4, 2013. from

Kingcraft. (2010, January 25). Men's brains women's brain - Ram and multi-tasking. Retrieved March 4, 2013. from

Golinks1. (2008, January 13). Mark gungor - Men's brain women's brain. Retrieved March 4, 2013. from

Golon, A. (2007). Boys vs. girls: Are boys more visual-spatial than girls? why gender matters in every classroom. www.Visual-Learners.com, Retrieved from http://www.visual-learners.com

Gurian, M. (2011). Boys and girls learn differently! San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Boss.

Hooker, G. & Lewis, A. (2012). The gendered brain (3rd ed.).Randolph, NJ: RTC.

Tyre, P. & Scelfo, J. (2006, July 31). Why girls will be girls. Newsweek, 46-47.
IDEAS:
Keep 'em moving
Make it Visual
Give Choice
Bring them together
Make it Real
Do art and music
Bond with them
Build character
Wavelength with Parent
The brain thinks from the bottom to top.
So teach from bottom to top.
Time to do some
reading/ research
of our own.
Two-column notes
Jigsaw
http://m.tickld.com/x/12-things-men-do-differently-to-women-7-is-priceless
Take this quiz
http://quizdoo.com/what-is-your-brain-gender/quiz
http://anglesofreflection.blogspot.com/2014/06/gender-games.html?m=1
http://m.tickld.com/x/12-things-men-do-differently-to-women-7-is-priceless
http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2014-05-10-simple-words-every-girl-learn/#.U2jpDJNjbos.twitter
http://anglesofreflection.blogspot.com/2014/03/guest-blog-she-likes-math-but-she-hates.html?m=1
http://anglesofreflection.blogspot.com/2014/06/gender-games.html?m=1
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