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Black Male Achievement
Baruti Kafeli speaks about his book Motivating Black Males to Succeed in School and in Life.
Getting Boys Organized
Who couldn't use some coaching to get more organized? Follow the articles and comments for some practical tips for helping boys, girls—and adults.
Why Boys Fail
Richard Whitmire puts passion and energy into his blog that explores factors causing boys to lag in education and how that can affect society.
The Effective Educator
Research has shown that teacher quality is a significant factor in student achievement. So what does effective teaching look like? How should leaders help struggling teachers improve? What preparation do beginning educators need? This issue will consider how to define educator effectiveness and how to create conditions that enhance that effectiveness.
In a number of countries, especially in the West, boys are falling behind girls in academic achievement—whether measured by reading level, National Honor Society numbers, dropout rates, or college attendance. Across racial or ethnic backgrounds, boys are more likely than girls to be suspended from school or be medicated for learning disabilities.
The recent underachievement of boys is real and requires an open mind and a variety of responses, suggests Kathleen Cleveland in her upcoming ASCD book Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School: Strategies That Turn Underachievers into Successful Learners. But don't look to boy-girl brain differences as causing the gender gap, says neuroscientist Lise Eliot in "The Myth of Pink and Blue Brains" in November's Educational Leadership.
This issue of ASCD Express offers practical classroom strategies to better engage, reach, and teach boys.
10 Essential Strategies for Teaching Boys Effectively
Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, experts on educating boys, outline practical classroom strategies used by schools that have closed the gender gap.
Successfully Teaching Boys:
Findings from a New International Study
Researchers found that lessons that work best with boys use certain elements, including physical activity, games, novelty, self-reflection, competition, and teamwork, to connect to the content in a meaningful way.
Theatrics Cultivates Self-Discovery
English teacher Trevor Thornton reflects on how getting boys to stage a Maori war dance helps break down barriers and opens up students—and himself—to one another.
Refine Your Teaching to Fit Different Learning Styles
The Play's the Thing
British school behavior expert John Bayley explores how using drama in English lessons can help underachieving boys.
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My Back Pages:
Project "Boys" (1965)
Successful men from the community inspire boys with their example at a Delaware school.
Why Boys Feel at Home in My Class
These days, boys make up the majority of Susan Graham's family and consumer science class. Sewing sweatshirts and preparing food appeals to a boy's need to make things and connect to the real world, she concludes.
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