Debate of the Month -- The Ultimate Classroom for Both Boys and Girls

It's established that boys and girls are not wired exactly the same, but they are treated the same in the classroom. Dr. Michael Gurian, author of Boys and Girls Learn Differently, believes that many poor learners can be turned around if we just acknowledge the differences between boys and girls and re-educate ourselves on how to help them thrive. His successful strategies have been used to transform bad students to the best students. Here are some of his fast fix-it strategies; almost every classroom could benefit from his common sense approach. What do you think?

Preschool and Kindergarten

For the Girls: Look for the hidden high energy of girls; don't let them pull back in the face of dominant boys, but turn them into leaders
For the Boys: Put the boys' energy to work cleaning the classroom, helping other children, or moving things around

For the Girls: Play movement-related games to aid development of gross motor skills
For the Boys: Play movement-related games to aid development of gross motor skills

For the Girls: Facilitate working groups and working teams in which girls take a leadership role
For the Boys: Put a "feelings" corkboard up, with words such as "angry," "sad," "happy" for kids to choose; encourage boys to use it.

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