confessions of a SLMS

Monday, December 05, 2005

Researchers from the University of Maine looked at boys' reading habits inside and outside of the classroom. In this year-long study of sixth to twelfth grade boys, there was a dramatic contrast between their 'school' reading and their 'life' reading. School readings were classified as 'assigned, too long, too hard and not connected to interests.' The researchers recommended that teachers expand their views of what counts as worthwhile reading, along with better efforts to integrate outside intersts with 'school' literacy. Good advise for all of us!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

There's an interesting article in the January issue of American Teacher. Citing Michael Gurian's latest book, _The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life_, the article looks at boys' struggles to achieve scholastically in mostly 'girl-friendly' schools. Gurian, who has also authored _The Good Son_ and _Wonder of Girls_, suggests incorporating some classroom changes to better accommodate the more physical and visual learning styles of many boys.