Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies that Work -- and Why

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Based on an extensive worldwide study, this book reveals what gets boys excited about learning

Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys challenges the widely-held cultural impression that boys are stubbornly resistant to schooling while providing concrete examples of pedagogy and instructional style that have been proven effective in a variety of school settings. This book offers more than 100 detailed examples of lessons that succeed with male students, grouped thematically. Such themes ...

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Overview

Based on an extensive worldwide study, this book reveals what gets boys excited about learning

Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys challenges the widely-held cultural impression that boys are stubbornly resistant to schooling while providing concrete examples of pedagogy and instructional style that have been proven effective in a variety of school settings. This book offers more than 100 detailed examples of lessons that succeed with male students, grouped thematically. Such themes include: Gaming, Motor Activities, Open Inquiry, Competition, Interactive Technology, and Performance/Role Play. Woven throughout the book is moving testimony from boys that both validates the success of the lessons and adds a human dimension to their impact.

  • The author's presents more than 100+ specific activities for all content areas that have proven successful with male students
  • Draws on an in-depth, worldwide study to reveal what lessons and strategies most engage boys in the classroom
  • Has been described as the missing link that our schools need for the better education of boys
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Psychologist Reichert and educator Hawley teamed up to investigate the "crisis" in boys' academic achievement by conducting a study of teachers' methods and students' performance in all-boy, college prep, middle and high schools in six English-speaking countries. Their insights into young males' own "rules of engagement" led them to three key insights: boys are relational learners who rely on a give-and-take approach with their teachers; boys elicit the kind of teaching they need via a feedback dynamic that teachers need to heed; and lessons for boys must offer at least one element to arouse and hold students' interests. Over 100 examples of successful, creative lessons from a host of instructors demonstrate what really works with boys, including stage fight techniques as part of studying Shakespeare; figuring out the odds of winning at cards; and creating a comic strip about the immune system. Much is made of how novel these lesson plans and projects are, but many of them are the familiar stuff of traditional private school curricula. A book more appropriate for teachers and administrators than parents, it is a real rubric for making learning lively and memorable in boys' lives. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
The rising achievement gap between boys and girls. More young women than young men entering college. If you work with boys, you know these statistics. Reichert, a psychologist, and Hawley, an educator, present the results of their international study of teachers and students in six countries on how to provide meaningful and engaging lessons for boys. The book offers a host of practical examples of approaches that have been honed by classroom practice to engage these students in learning. The authors asked nearly 1000 educators a simple question, "What works with boys?" They also asked the kids themselves what worked best for them in the classroom. The answers are presented in a clear and organized manner with two thirds of the book presenting effective lessons and relationships between teachers and their male students. The last third of the book presents ways to implement and nurture these new lessons and relationships. While the authors offer no silver bullet that will fix the problem, they do present a host of remedies in many different disciplines and age groups. Most useful for middle and high school teachers and where curriculum aids are purchased.—Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470532782
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 253,766
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is a clinician, consultant to schools, and supervising psychologist at The Haverford School. He also serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives.

Richard Hawley, Ph.D., headmaster emeritus of Cleveland's University School, was the founding president of the International Boys' Schools Coalition, and is author of many books about children, schools, and learning.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors.

Foreword (Peg Tyre).

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART ONE: EFFECTIVE LESSONS.

1. Transitivity at Work: Five Effective Lessons.

2. Creating Products.

3. Lessons as Games.

4. Motor Activity.

5. Role Play and Performance.

6. Open Inquiry.

7. Team Work and Competition.

8. Personal Realization.

9. Novelty, Drama and Surprise.

PART TWO: EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

10. A Teacher's Presence.

11. A Teacher's Knowledge.

PART THREE: LESSONS FOR EDUCATORS.

12. Enhancing Teacher-Student Relationships.

13. Activating the “Eliciting” Process.

14. What Schools Can Do.

Appendix: Design and Research Methods for the Teaching Boys Study.

References.

Index.

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