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Martin Burrett

Ploys for Boys by @mikeyambrose - 25 views

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    "With 20 years' teaching experience in a wide variety of schools, I've frequently encountered staff who despair at the behaviour of boys in their classes. Frankly, I love teaching boys, and perhaps my experiences as a P.E. teacher, often teaching single-sex groups, prepared me well for managing the classroom behaviours of boys. Perhaps being (at the very least) a cheeky student myself, frequently preferring attention-seeking behaviours to concentrating in class, I am able to relate to much of what is seen in classes every day. Or maybe I was just under-stimulated and over-confident. Regardless of the circumstances, I certainly have some successful strategies for teaching boys and am happy to share them. So here are my tips on improving behaviour, engagement and outcomes for boys."
Martin Burrett

Are girls really better at reading than boys - or are the tests painting a false picture? - 22 views

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    In reading tests at school, girls tend to be ahead of boys, in all age groups and in all countries. But in young adults, there is suddenly no longer any difference between men's and women's reading skills. Why is that? Could the answer be in the way the tests are designed?
Martin Burrett

UKEdChat Session 320: The Educational Performance of Boys - 13 views

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    Inspired by UK Parliament debate secured by @karlmccartney MP - Click here to read tweets from the debate - the #UKEdChat poll this week established that the discussion will focus on the Educational Performance of Boys.
Matt Renwick

Closing the Math Gap for Boys - NYTimes.com - 20 views

  • these economists are selling teenagers short
  • adolescence, like early childhood, is a “period of tremendous ‘neuroplasticity,
  • “It’s friendship and pushing — they nag them to success,”
Javier E

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do - The Atlantic - 40 views

  • Gone are the days when you could blow off a series of homework assignments throughout the semester but pull through with a respectable grade by cramming for and acing that all-important mid-term exam. Getting good grades today is far more about keeping up with and producing quality homework—not to mention handing it in on time.
  • girls succeed over boys in school because they tend to be more mastery-oriented in their schoolwork habits. They are more apt to plan ahead, set academic goals, and put effort into achieving those goals. They also are more likely than boys to feel intrinsically satisfied with the whole enterprise of organizing their work, and more invested in impressing themselves and their teachers with their efforts.
  • boys approach schoolwork differently. They are more performance-oriented. Studying for and taking tests taps into their competitive instincts. For many boys, tests are quests that get their hearts pounding. Doing well on them is a public demonstration of excellence
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  • “The testing situation may underestimate girls’ abilities, but the classroom may underestimate boys’ abilities.”
  • It is easy to for boys to feel alienated in an environment where homework and organization skills account for so much of their grades.
  • it appears that the overwhelming trend among teachers is to assign zero points for late work. In one survey by Conni Campbell, associate dean of the School of Education at Point Loma Nazarene University, 84 percent of teachers did just that.
Maria Papazoglou

▶ Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School for Boys - Episode 3 of 3 - YouTube - 28 views

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    Episode 3 of Gareth Malone's quest to raise achievement and engagement in reading and writing in six months.
C CC

Get Boys Engaged in Reading - Throw Away Your Reading Scheme! - 134 views

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    "The gender gap between boys and girls reading is extremely worrying. Boys with poor reading skills will struggle to succeed at school and throughout life."
Michael Scott

Honor Code - NYTimes.com - 52 views

  • Schools have to engage people as they are. That requires leaders who insist on more cultural diversity in school: not just teachers who celebrate cooperation, but other teachers who celebrate competition; not just teachers who honor environmental virtues, but teachers who honor mili
  • tary virtues; not just curriculums that teach how to share, but curriculums that teach how to win and how to lose; not just programs that work like friendship circles, but programs that work like boot camp
Meridith Ebbs

Puberty - Boys | My body | Explore | ChildLine - 77 views

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    Embarassing questions, including a movie.
meldar

10 books to help boost young boys' reading | Books | The Guardian - 161 views

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    Some excellent selections for grade 3 - 8 on here!
Sydney Lacey

Teacher Magazine: Boys Trail Girls in Reading; Can Fart Jokes Help? - 32 views

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    Parents of reluctant readers complain that boys are forced to stick to stuffy required school lists that exclude nonfiction or silly subjects, or have teachers who cater to higher achievers and girls. They're hoping books that exploit boys' love of bodily functions and gross-out humor can close the gap.
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