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Teaching the Male Brain

How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School
Second Edition
By: Abigail Norfleet James

Foreword by Bradley Adams

Updated to reflect the latest research in neuroscience and developmental psychology, this bestselling guide offers strategies for reaching all boys in both single-sex and co-ed classrooms.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483371405
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 352
  • Publication date: February 18, 2015

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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

Key features

This handbook provides:

  • Classic, time-tested research combined with cutting-edge findings that the author has applied with success in her own classroom
  • A qualitative and quantitative research base
  • Useful examples, case studies, and dilemmas that teachers of boys may experience
  • Numerous differentiation strategies for the heterogenous classroom
  • Trouble-shooting sections
  • Strategies that have been tested, refined, and used successfully in the classroom 


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Abigail Norfleet James

Abigail Norfleet James taught for many years in single-sex schools and consults on the subject of gendered teaching to school systems, colleges, and universities. Her area of expertise is developmental and educational psychology as applied to the gendered classroom. Prior to obtaining her doctorate from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, she taught general science, biology, and psychology in both boys’ and girls’ schools.

Her previous publications include reports of research comparing the educational attitudes of male graduates of coed schools and single-sex schools, research describing the effects of gendered basic skills instruction, and a report of academic achievement of students in single gender programs. In addition, she has written on differentiated instruction at the elementary school level. She has presented workshops and papers at many educational conferences and works with teachers and parent groups in interpreting the world of gendered education.

Her professional affiliations include the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, the Gender and Education Association, the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, and the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education (Advisory Board Member).
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author


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




Learning Modalities

Sensory Differences and Learning

Chapter 3. Physical Differences

Activity Levels

Gross Motor Development Versus Fine Motor Development


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



The “At Risk” Student


Attentional and Learning Problems

Chapter 6. Social and Emotional Differences

The Brain and Emotions

Emotional Vocabulary

Aggression and Bullying

Competition and Cooperation


Alcohol and Drugs

Social Influence on School

School and Masculinity

Learning Applications

Emotions and Learning

Chapter 7. Students With Other Risks




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




Classroom Management and Learning

Chapter 9. Content-Specific Suggestions

English/Language Arts


History/Social Studies


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


Learning Style Assessments


Books for Boys Ages 6–9

Books for Boys Ages 9–13

Books for Boys Ages 13–18

Graphic Novels





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