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Teaching the Male Brain
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Teaching the Male Brain
How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School

Second Edition
Edited by:


March 2015 | 352 pages | Corwin

Unlock the potential of every boy!

No, you’re not imagining it: boys really do learn differently from girls. When you discover how to reach them, you can help them succeed beyond anyone’s expectations—even their own. Updated with the latest research in neuroscience and developmental psychology, this bestselling guide translates theory into tested and refined strategies that are practical and ready to be put to work immediately. Features include

  •  A discussion of cognitive gender differences and how they relate to learning
  •  An analysis of the benefits and challenges of single-sex classrooms
  • Tried and true techniques for differentiating learning in co-ed classroom
  •  Cutting-edge strategies for reaching boys with ADHD, learning disabilities, social and emotional differences, and more
  •  Detailed case studies and real-life dilemmas

The boys in your class are counting on you. Keep them in the game and lead them to success with this must-have resource.


 “This book is a practical resource for the classroom teacher. It provides teachers with a plethora of engaging and promising practices and tools to motivate and encourage students to perform at or above their potentiality level.”
Shelia Gorham, Principal
Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC

“Teaching the Male Brain, Second Edition is a holistic tool for educators, parents, and individuals committed to effectively understand, teach, support, and guide the development of young men in their care. Dr. James provides a clear lens into the intricate details of the thoughts and actions of the boys in our lives.”
—Nakia Douglas, Principal
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas, TX

Bradley Adams
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Substantiating Research

 
How the Book Is Structured

 
Learning Objectives

 
 
Part I. Sex and Gender Differences in the Classroom
 
Chapter 1. Brain Basics
Are Brains Gendered?

 
Anatomy of the Brain

 
Sex Differences in Brain Function

 
Cognitive Skills

 
 
Chapter 2. Sensory Differences
Vision

 
Hearing

 
Touch

 
Learning Modalities

 
Sensory Differences and Learning

 
 
Chapter 3. Physical Differences
Activity Levels

 
Gross Motor Development Versus Fine Motor Development

 
Targeting

 
Handedness and Dexterity

 
Growth Patterns

 
Physical Differences and Learning

 
 
Chapter 4. Cognitive Differences
Verbal and Language Skills

 
Practice the Skills Necessary for the SAT, ACT, NAEP, and Other Standardized Tests

 
Spatial Abilities

 
Learning Modalities

 
Strategy Development

 
Cognitive Differences and Learning

 
 
Part II. Societal and Biological Influences
 
Chapter 5. ADHD and Learning Disabilities
Attention—ADHD

 
Medication

 
The “At Risk” Student

 
Sleep

 
Attentional and Learning Problems

 
 
Chapter 6. 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 Learning

 
 
Chapter 7. Students With Other Risks
Teachers

 
Culture

 
Adults

 
Boys in Foster Care

 
Boys With Cultural, Linguistic, or Socioeconomic Differences and School

 
 
Part III. Strategies and Resources for Teaching the Male Brain
 
Chapter 8. Classroom Management Strategies
Home Influence

 
Discipline

 
Self-Control

 
Technology

 
Classroom Management and Learning

 
 
Chapter 9. Content-Specific Suggestions
English/Language Arts

 
Mathematics

 
History/Social Studies

 
Science

 
Foreign Languages

 
Fine Arts, Music, and Drama

 
Computer Skills

 
Individual Disciplines and Learning

 
 
Chapter 10. Gendered Education: Teaching Boys and Girls Together
Boys and Girls as Learners

 
Sex and Gender Differences in the Classroom

 
Gendered Education and Learning

 
 
Chapter 11. Effective Teaching
Differentiated Instruction

 
Multiple Intelligences

 
Learning Modalities

 
Unit Design

 
Empowering Boys as Learners

 
Test-Taking Strategies

 
Final Words

 
 
Chapter 12. Resources and Other Helps
Books of Interest

 
Rubrics

 
Learning Style Assessments

 
 
Resources
Books for Boys Ages 6–9

 
Books for Boys Ages 9–13

 
Books for Boys Ages 13–18

 
Graphic Novels

 
 
References
 
Index

“This book can be described as the definitive A-Z of teaching boys. Everything, from what makes boys tick to helping them fulfill their potential, is covered in this book. There is a good blend between cognitive theories and psychology, and I found it difficult to put the book down because it answers so many of the questions raised, on a daily basis, in boys’ schools by staff and parents. It was refreshing to finally find a book that not only explains the uniqueness of boys but provides the solutions that helps them succeed academically. The book clarifies in readable and understandable language many intuitive feelings that teachers have when teaching boys. Every teacher in a boys’ school, or a co-ed school for that matter, should have a copy because it is so refreshing to find a book that focuses on the importance of skills in teaching. It is a remarkable and delightful book which, having been crafted from the writer’s own experience, makes it hugely relevant.”

Theroshene Naidoo, Deputy Head
Northcote Lodge Prep School for Boys, London, UK

“Dr. James states that 'It is important to approach teaching from a gendered perspective, as not all students learn the same way and teaching them as if they did will not change that fact.' This is the perspective we ask our teachers to take at Allen Middle School in Greensboro, NC. We have several blended classes consisting of heterogeneous, all girls and all boys. Dr. James helped our teachers realize the uniqueness of each student. The strategies and concepts she shared during staff development helped us launch blended classes to best meet the needs of our students. Her book is a practical tool for the classroom teacher. It provides teachers with a plethora of practical, promising practices to motivate and encourage students to perform at or above their potentiality level.”

Shelia Gorham, Principal
Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC

Teaching the Male Brain, Second Edition by Dr. Abigail James is a holistic tool for educators, parents, and/or individuals committed to effectively understand, teach, support, and guide the development of young men in their care. Dr. James provides a clear lens into the intricate details of the thoughts and actions of the boys in our lives.”

Nakia Douglas, Principal
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas, TX

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction


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