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Barry MacDonald by Mind Map: Barry MacDonald
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Barry MacDonald

Barry is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, educator, and international advocate for learners—especially boys—who struggle with traditional classroom learning. As the founder ofMentoringBoys.com and best-selling author ofBoy Smarts, he helps parents, schools, and community leaders respond in empathic, imaginative ways. Barry was identified as one of25 Influential People to Watch by the Vancouver Sun for his innovative approaches to mentoring boys for success. For a detailed bio, click here.

Boys Smarts - Making Sense of Gender and Learning

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Book: Boys on Target

Book: Boy Smarts

Difficult time for those of us teaching boys

Once upon a time I would've said

You have to listen to me and I will teach you what you need

The truth is we don't know what the future will look like for them

2/3 of students in special programs are boys

2 out of 3 students who drop out are boys

When boys are floundering

We're prone to tell them they should just listen

A boy was having one difficulty at school

Sitting still in a circle time, The chances are he will be identified with ADHD

The average age at which boys speak clearly is 4 and for girls that is 3

But that doesn't tell the whole story\, There are some boys who speak clearly at age 1.5, And there are girls who start later

A gender doesn't determine effective teaching

It is a binary trap to assume that all boys learn differently than all girls, It can misguide us!, Comedians poke fun at various gender tendencies, There are serious limitations in this thinking

I am not against a single gender schooling - if we can prove it to be effective in a given environment'

Children need to be together to learn how to get along

What is the purpose of education?

Searching (Googling) for this gives millions of results

Apparently we have lots of opinions

What can a boy teach us about this

He's bored at school

He's the only one tech savvy to program the home PVR, shoot and edit a video and upload it on Youtube

Consider what this boy is doing here?, The wqeekly spelling bees just don't cut it anymore\11

We have to acknowledge that most children by the time they are 5 they are bombarded with more info than we by age 20

Teachers a no longer the Gatekeepers!

Not everyone shares the same visual-spatial skills

We need to find different ways to engage kids

What if teachers had the resources...?

To visualy engage kids in classrooms\

I am not recommending visual engagement for boys, but for girls, By not doing this we give the a disservice when they move on to the higher education levels

The real gap is motivation!

Need to think beyond simple boys vs. girls education'

Children are different today, We need to teach the children we have, not the children we wish to have

Instead of ignoring the children's needs

Let's respond to these needs!