What’s different about teaching boys?

read a summary of an new international study and thought I’d share an excerpt.  To what degree do our practices align with these findings?

What Works with Boys

(An excerpt from Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley’s work)

After considerable analysis, we determined that the successful lessons fell into the following eight general categories, each of which expresses a dominant feature of the lesson’s reported success:

  • Lessons that produced products
  • Lessons structured as games
  • Lessons requiring vigorous motor activity
  • Lessons requiring boys to assume a role or responsibility for promoting the learning of others
  • Lessons that required boy to address “open,” unsolved problems
  • Lessons that required a combination of teamwork and competition
  • Lessons that focused on boys’ personal realization (their masculinity, their values, their present and future social roles)
  • Lessons that introduced dramatic novelties and surprises


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