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Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School Paperback – Mar 22 2007

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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin Press Inc; 1 edition (March 22 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412936632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412936637
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #660,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'This book is well written, well organized, includes legitimate scientific references, and is full of practical suggestions' - David Sousa, Educational Consultant, Author, How the Brain Learns, Third Edition"

About the Author

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).

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Practical and Enjoyable to Read! May 13 2007
By Mary J. Wright - Published on
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As a former educator and a retired Managing Editor for Time-Life Education, it was refreshing to read a book for the educator that was practical and free of meaningless jargon. Abigail James writes a book for the classroom teacher that is clear, enjoyable, and full of nuggets of practical applications! Boys and girls learn differently -- and every classroom teacher discovers this truth. But our "one size fits all" education system does not take this into account. Instead of struggling with the "canned" approach to classroom management, a teacher can find creative and practical ways to do a better job with male and female learners. Ms. James bases her text on proven brain research, personal classroom experience in single-sex schools, and extensive quantitative research. Her humor and insight make this book an enjoyable read, as well as an informative one. I would recommend it highly to any classroom teacher.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
An excellent resource for both teachers and parents. Aug. 23 2007
By A. Monk - Published on
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James provides wide ranging and thorough information on the emotional and cognitive development of boys which will be of great use to classroom teachers. But there is such a wealth of expertise on the lives of boys that any parent would benefit from its practical insights and suggestions too. As a classroom teacher I can see that James really understands how children learn. She clearly identifies and provides concrete examples of the role of development, gender and the environment in nurturing learning. I was very impressed with the scope of her understanding, the currency of the research quoted, as well as the obvious field-tested practicality of her suggestions and insights.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love this book! Jan. 3 2014
By Sara Chronister - Published on
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I teach high school Spanish and I had been noticing a trend. My girls get A's and B's and my boys get D's and F's. I started doing research and surfing the website for ways to specifically teach to boys. I forget which one but one website recommended this book. I went to Amazon, looked through the preview, bought it and have been very glad I did. It's helped put my boy students in perspective. It's helped explain some of their behavior and it's helped given me a fresh approach to teaching them. When I'm done reading this (I have 2 chapters to go) I am going to read her more recent book titled "The Parents' Guide to Boys."
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
great resource July 8 2011
By balmerartist - Published on
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This book gave me great insight into my male students and my young son. Interesting explanations of why boys do what they do. I loved the parts about boys being experiential learners. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that has boys in their life.
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Wonderful timing, quick and professional. I highly recommend anyone this seller. No complaints. Very quick and diligent. I ordered these for my classes and it all worked out for the best. Thank YOu