How to separately engage the male and female brain

Kelley King, Educational Consultant & Author, shares advice for parents on how ways they can specifically cater to their son or daughter in order to help them learn better
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How to separately engage the male and female brain

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Parents can help their sons and their daughters with academic learning in a couple different ways. We want to sort of be sensitive to the interests of boys. We want to be pulling in books that are really of interest to them. So don’t worry about the book selections like, “Captain Underpants” or the book, “Oh, Yuck!,” you know, gross things. These are really… those are really actually perfect selections for boys. We want to engage their interests. For boys, it has to be interesting and relevant and functional. And that’s what will drive them into reading and writing when in fact, they may want to be playing outdoors – that’s what’s going to entice them more to reading. Encourage boys to draw pictures before they write the stories. That could also be really helpful to get them thinking about good topic choices. For girls, we want to offer them lots of puzzles, give them building blocks to build really high. We want to give them things like Rubik cubes, and Connects and Legos, other kinds of special puzzles to do to really stretch that part of their brain that’s responsible for visual-spatial kinds of thinking. That will really help our girls in the future be successful in spatial tasks as well as in math and science.

Kelley King, Educational Consultant & Author, shares advice for parents on how ways they can specifically cater to their son or daughter in order to help them learn better

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Kelley King

Educational Consultant & Author

Kelley King has been a K-12 public school educator for over 25 years with work in the areas of school administration, gifted education and special education. Kelley is currently the Associate Director of the Gurian Institute and provides on-site and online workshops for parents and teachers internationally. Kelley is a co-author, with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, of two books on education: Strategies for Teachings Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Elementary Educators and Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Secondary Educators. Kelley finished her third book entitled Writing the Playbook, a guide for principals on creating schools that honor the unique strengths and characteristics of boys. Kelley is the mother of an 18-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter.

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