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Single-Gender Education: A Handbook for Teachers and Principals
Although single-gender classrooms or same-sex classes have been around for centuries, most public schools no longer offer this type of classroom configuration. However, resurgence in single-gender classes has begun. To some this movement may seem like a step backward, but to others (i.e. National Association of Single Sex Public Education) this movement is an educational revolution based on new scientific evidence relating to how boys and girls learn. We view single-gender education as a viable option for parents and believe it can be beneficial for many students. We offer this handbook as a way to share what we've learned about single-gender education over the years.
This handbook is compiled by teachers and researchers who began an initiative over seven years ago with single-gender classrooms in a public elementary school. In the following chapters, we describe gender-specific research that supports our instructional practices. We also include suggestions and ideas for getting started, classroom management, and lesson delivery. We hope you will find the research-based practices and other innovative ideas included in this handbook useful in your classrooms.
- Lesson Plan Template
- Degrees of Knowledge
- Bloom's Taxonomy
- Language Objectives
- Graphic Organizers
- Thinking Maps
- Organization tips
- Socratic Method
- Socratic Questioning Techniques
- Risk Taking
Team Building Activities
Team building should be used at the beginning of the academic year and at least once a week to build class cohesion.
Problem Solving (Rebuilding Neurons)
There are lots of problem-solving websites out there! Here are a few of our favorites, including the tangram template.
- The Problem Site
- Problems by themes
- Tangram template
- Tangram puzzle ideas (printable)
- Socratic Method
- Breakout Edu
- Mystery Skype
Remember that you must teach routines and procedures. Nothing in this section is foolproof, but it is all worth trying.
- Lion, Otter, Beaver Personality Test
- Classroom Analysis Sheets (elementary and secondary)
- Top 20 Behavioral Responses
- Classdojo Website
- Desk Olympics PowerPoint
- Grouping Worksheet
- Bokto Directions (rule changing game)
- Conflict resolution (female)
- Conflict resolution (male)
- MSNBC News Video: Are same-sex classrooms better for boys?
- MSNBC News Video: Do boys and girls learn better apart?
- MSNBC News Video: Why men and women remember things differently
- MSNBC News Video: How men and women are wired differently
- Mark Gungor: The Tale of Two Brains
- Brainrules.net: Exercise - Brain Rule #1
- Kevin Havelda: Fifth Grade Socratic Seminar