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Teaching the Male Brain
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Teaching the Male Brain
How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School

Second Edition
Edited by:

Foreword by Bradley Adams

© 2015 | 352 pages | Corwin

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

Bradley Adams
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  
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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