Some things to know about boys in the classroom vs. girls, By Brad Hines

>> Gender differences

There is gathering evidence that, on average, boys and girls process all sorts of stimuli in quite different ways. There is evidence for hemispheric differences, with male brains being more compartmentalized, female brains better integrated.

Perhaps as a result, girls are better at interpreting facial expressions and talking about emotions. Boys, on the other hand, take more risks, are more likely to over-Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School by Abigail Norfleet James. They estimate their own ability and are generally more attracted to violence and conflict. We recommend the book Helping Boys Succeed School by Terry Neu.

>> Some Facts/Concerns:

• Boys earn 70 percent of Ds and Fs and fewer than half of the As.
• Boys account for two-thirds of learning disability diagnoses.
• Boys represent 90 percent of discipline referrals.
• Boys dominate such brain-related learning disorders as ADD/ADHD, with millions now medicated in schools.
• 80 percent of high school dropouts are male.
• Males make up fewer than 40 percent of college students (Gurian, 2001).


Some Teaching advice for Elementary Boys:

• Use beadwork and other manipulatives to promote fine motor development, and pencil grips if they have trouble writing. Boys are behind girls in this area when they start school.

• Place books on shelves all around the room so boys get used to their omnipresence.
• Make lessons experiential and kinesthetic.
• Keep verbal instructions to no more than one minute.
• Personalize the student’s desk, coat rack, and cubby to increase his sense of attachment.
• Use male mentors and role models, such as fathers, grandfathers, or other male volunteers.
• Let boys nurture one another through healthy aggression and direct empathy.

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