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.
You have to listen to me and I will teach you what you need
We're prone to tell them they should just listen
Sitting still in a circle time, The chances are he will be identified with ADHD
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
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'
Apparently we have lots of opinions
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 need to find different ways to engage kids
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!
Children are different today, We need to teach the children we have, not the children we wish to have
Let's respond to these needs!