An academic gender gap is plaguing our nation’s boys in the classroom. Here is some of the concerning statistics:
– More boys enroll in kindergarten, but fewer boys will graduate from high school.
– Boys are two-to-three times more likely to be placed in special education classes.
– Boys make up 80 percent of disciplinary referrals.
– Boys are four times more likely to be expelled from pre-school.
– 77 percent of expulsions are boys.
– Boys are 30 percent more likely to drop out of school than girls.
Some attribute this growing divide to learning environments and strategies structured to favor girls’ learning styles. Teachers and administrators alike report that boys are too fidgety, too hyperactive, too disruptive and often derail the educational process for everyone while sabotaging their own intellectual development. Glance into most North American classrooms and you will see desks in rows, teachers pleading with students to stay in their seats and to refrain from talking to their neighbors. Positive reinforcement for good behavior is focused on students who are proficient at sitting still for long periods of time, a skill that many boys have not mastered.
On the one hand, parents are sometimes quick to rationalize troublesome behaviors with “boys will be boys.” But on the other hand, educators sometimes fail to remember that “boys will learn like boys.” Rather than penalize the boys’ relatively higher energy and competitive drive, the most effective way to teach boys is to understand the cause of their high energy; to take advantage of their curiosity and thirst for competition.
In this informative 90-minute webinar, award-winning author and internationally recognized speaker Stephanie Jensen will provide deeper insight and understanding of the role of gender in education and how to develop effective strategies and techniques to engage boys in the learning process. The following topics will be explored:
– Boys Will Learn Like Boys: “Boyology” and brain development
– Boydom: Combating boredom in the classroom
– To Infinity and Beyond: Essential skills for boys’ success in school
Stephanie will focus specifically on understanding and engaging boys in the classroom with lessons that:
– Result in an end product
– Are structured as games
– Require motor activity
– Require boys to assume responsibility for others’ learning
– Introduce drama with novelty or surprise
– Encourage boys to address open questions or unsolved problems
– Require a combination of competition or teamwork
– Focus on independent, personal discovery & realization
– Understand the influence of biology and neurology on boys’ behavior and learning.
– Gain insights about the social world of boys and how to use their social structure to engage them in the learning process.
– Explore effective strategies to improve boys’ interaction and success in the classroom.
– Identify three essential skills for boys to be successful in school and beyond.
Stephanie Jensen, MS, LPC is an award-winning author and international speaker recognized for her insight and understanding of child development, learning and school culture. She combines fifteen years of practice in the fields of education and counseling with research, practical strategies and a little bit of humor to address challenging behaviors and build positive relationships with kids of all ages. She has held positions as classroom teacher, reading specialist, education consultant and inter-national speaker. She holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues. In recent years Stephanie has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, Social-Emotional Learning, and positive behavior interventions. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive: Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-Haviors, Mom’s Choice Award winning, Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day, Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow and Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla.