Where the Boys are: Gender Matters in Language Arts Classroom Instruction

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Engaging young men in an English class can be challenging. Adapting my instruction strategies as well as my assessments has produced surprising results for not only the boys within my classes, but also the girls as well. Results of our current experiment with same sex classes will also be discussed. Various motivation strategies for engaging in reading and grammar instruction will be highlighted. Come share in the fascinating discoveries that shed light into the differences in the male and female brain, in the types of reading and listening skills, assessment, and teaching strategies that work best for all students. This interactive presentation will incorporate proven approaches as well as solicit those from attendees.

Keywords: Same Sex Classes, Gender Differences, Motivational Strategies, Gender Differentiation, Brain Research on Gender Differences and Listening Skills
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Katherine Nelson

National Council of Teachers of English
Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, American Society for Teaching and Development

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

BS in Education, Eastern Illinois University 1973; MA in Education, Carroll College 1998; Who's Who in America, in Education, Women in America, etc.;
National Council of Teachers of Education: National Convention Host Committee 2000, Presenter in 2001 and 2003, Edited for NCTE Research Journal, WCTE State Convention Presenter 1996, 2000, 2002, WCTE State Board--current secretary; Adjunct professor, Cardinal Stritch University, Kohl's Foundation Scholar 2004, Board President for local public library, Christian Education Director at local church, Birdwatcher

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