'This book is well written, well organized, includes legitimate scientific references, and is full of practical suggestions' - David Sousa, Educational Consultant, Author, How the Brain Learns, Third Edition
Differentiate your teaching style to address learning differences between girls and boys in the classroom!
As a classroom teacher, you might know that boys learn differently from girls. Now, this practical guide to teaching boys combines classic with cutting-edge research to show you why boys learn differently and, more importantly, how you can differentiate teaching strategies to help boys succeed in the classroom.
The author's qualitative and quantitative research shows the cognitive, sensory, physical, social, and emotional differences between genders. James draws from years of classroom experience to offer strategies that have been tested, refined, and used successfully in the field. This easy-to-use handbook provides helpful examples, case studies, and troubleshooting sections illustrating how to handle the concerns that can arise when teaching boys.
Teaching the Male Brain shows you how to:
o Recognize sociological and neurobiological foundations of cognitive gender differences as they relate to education
o Look critically at curricula and teaching practices, evaluate how well they work with boys, and uncover areas where changes can be made
o Develop educational approaches based on research and classroom practice to provide a climate responsive to the learning differences of both boys and girls
Learn to use this brain-based research to provide appropriate and positive learning experiences for the students in your classroom!
Abigail Norfleet James taught for many years in single-sex schools and consults on the subject of gendered teaching to school systems, colleges, and universities. Her area of expertise is developmental and educational psychology as applied to the gendered classroom. Prior to obtaining her doctorate from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, she taught general science, biology, and psychology in both boys' and girls' schools. Her previous publications include reports of research comparing the educational attitudes of male graduates of coed schools and single-sex schools, research describing the effects of gendered basic skills instruction, and a report of academic achievement of students in single gender programs. In addition, she has written on differentiated instruction at the elementary school level. She has presented workshops and papers at many educational conferences and works with teachers and parent groups in interpreting the world of gendered education. Her professional affiliations include the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, the Gender and Education Association, the International Boys' Schools Coalition, and the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education (Advisory Board Member).
ForewordAcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorIntroduction Substantiating Research How the Book Is Structured Learning ObjectivesPart I: Sex and Gender Differences in the Classroom1. Brain Basics Are Brains Gendered? Anatomy of the Brain Sex Differences in Brain Function Cognitive Skills2. Sensory Differences Vision Hearing Touch Learning Modalities Sensory Systems and Learning3. Physical Differences Activity Levels Gross Motor Development v. Fine Motor Development Targeting Handedness and Dexterity Growth Patterns Physical Differences and Learning4. Cognitive Differences Verbal and Language Skills Practice the Skills Necessary for the SAT and Other Standardized Tests Spatial Abilities Learning Modalities Strategy Development Cognitive Differences and LearningPart II: Societal and Biological Influences5. ADHD and Learning Disabilities Attention - ADHD Medication The "At-Risk" Student Attentional and Learning Problems6. Social and Emotional Differences The Brain and Emotions Emotional Vocabulary Aggression and Bullying Competition and Cooperation Puberty Alcohol and Drugs Social Influence on School School and Masculinity Learning Applications Emotions and Learning7. Students With Other Risks Teachers Culture Adults Boys With Cultural, Linguistic, or Socioeconomic Differences and SchoolPart III: Strategies and Resources for Teaching the Male Brain8. Classroom Management Strategies Home Influence Discipline Technology Classroom Management and Learning9. Content-Specific Suggestions English/Language Arts Mathematics History/Social Studies Science Foreign Languages Fine Arts, Music, and Drama Computer Skills Individual Disciplines and Learning10. Effective Teaching Differentiated Instruction Multiple Intelligences Learning Modalities Unit Design Empowering Boys as Learners Test-Taking Strategies Final Words11. Resources and Other Helps Books of Interest Rubrics Learning style AssessmentsResourcesReferencesIndex