How boys learn best in school

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How boys learn best in school

A boy-friendly learning environment is very important. It’s really important for parents to look at a school, even pre-k, even daycare, even a little school their kid is at, to see that they have space. There needs to be lots of space. The right side of the male brain is very spatial. It’s different than females, so males tend to need more space, or else they’ll get in trouble. Also, it needs to have a lot of hands-on. If it’s younger, it needs to have more hands-on and less sitting and reading, less sitting and doing detailed worksheets, more hands-on learning, more learning which involves physical movement. And all of this is mainly actually because of brain reasons, not as people used to think. They used to think, “Oh, well, we’ll just re-socialize them. They’ll change and fit any environment.” But the male and female brains are very different, so males do tend to need, especially boys who are having any kind of learning trouble, they need a boy-friendly learning environment.

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Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC

Family Counselor & Author

Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books published in 21 languages. He provides counseling services at the Marycliff Center, in Spokane, Washington. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.

 He has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate, including The Wonder of Girls, The Wonder of Boys, and Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, and The Minds of Boys.

Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately 20 cities per year to keynote at conferences. His training videos (also available as DVDs) for parents and volunteers are used by Big Brother and Big Sister agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

 As an educator, Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University.  His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived, worked and studied.

Michael's work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, People Magazine, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and National Public Radio.

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