In this book, you will find 100 imaginative and practical guidelines for authentic engagement in meeting boys' varied learning needs. The common sense approach offers to lay the groundwork for an action plan to mentor boys for school success. It offers real-life guidance based on a growing body of research from leading authorities. Barry MacDonald envisions an inclusive classroom where boys feel at home; where their rambunctious energy is accepted; where their rebelliousness is channeled into inquiry and exploration.
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two of the country's leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting--sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Kindlon and Thompson set out to answer this basic, crucial question: What do boys need that they're not getting? They illuminate the forces that threaten our boys. Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the authors shed light on the destructive emotional miseducation of boys.
Kindlon and Thompson make a compelling case that emotional literacy is the most valuable gift we can offer our sons, urging parents to recognize the effects of holding boys to an impossible standard of manhood. They show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness and empathy--giving them the vital connections and support they need to navigate the social pressures of youth.
Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work--and Why
Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys challenges the cultural impression that boys are resistant to schooling. It offers more than 100 detailed examples of lessons that succeed with male students, grouped thematically. Woven throughout the book is moving testimony from boys that both validates the success of the lessons and adds a human dimension to their impact.
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
Tony Wagner explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere.
Wagner takes readers into the most forward-thinking schools, colleges, and workplaces in the country, where teachers and employers are developing cultures of innovation based on collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. The result is a timely, provocative, and inspiring manifesto that offers crucial insight into creating the change makers of tomorrow.
The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear. Beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood—a territory Michael Kimmel has identified as "Guyland."
In mapping the troubling social world where men are now made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and he works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, stay true to themselves, and emerge safely from Guyland as responsible and fully formed male adults.
Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendship and the Crisis of Connection
In this empirically grounded challenge to our stereotypes about boys and men, Niobe Way reveals the intense intimacy among teenage boys especially during early and middle adolescence. Boys’ descriptions of their male friendships sound more like “something out of Love Story than Lord of the Flies.” Yet as boys become men, they become distrustful, lose these friendships, and feel isolated and alone. These findings are alarming, given what we know about links between friendships and health. Rather than a “boy crisis,” Way argues that boys are experiencing a “crisis of connection” because they live in a culture where human needs and capacities are given a sex and a sexuality. Way argues that the solution lies with exposing the inaccuracies of our gender stereotypes and fostering these critical relationships and fundamental human skills.
Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men
From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, M.D., a highly sought after national speaker, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen—or rebuild—her relationship with her son. When a mother holds her baby boy for the first time, she also instinctively knows something else: If she does her job right and raises her son with self-esteem, support, and wisdom, he will become the man she knows he was meant to be.
Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits
Moms and dads finally have a friendly, commonsense guide to raising thriving children.
Today, many parents have rejected the dictatorships they resented from their own childhoods. But they overcorrected by turning into child-pleasers, eroding the very self-esteem parents are trying to create.
Using her clinical experience, psychiatrist Robin Berman shows parents how they can take charge while building a loving family with deep connections. How children learn love and respect at home becomes the template for how they show love and respect in life.
Parents, teachers and children themselves recount turning points at which they figured out what great parenting looked like and the magic it unlocked.
The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do
From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. Interviewing hundreds of parents, kids, teachers, and experts, award-winning journalist Peg Tyre drills below the eye-catching statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. She explores the convergence of culprits, from the emphasis on high-stress academics in preschool and kindergarten, when most boys just can’t tolerate sitting still, to the outright banning of recess, from the demands of No Child Left Behind, with its rigid emphasis on test-taking, to the boy-unfriendly modern curriculum with its focus on writing about “feelings” and its purging of “high-action” reading material, from the rise of video gaming and schools’ unease with technology to the lack of male teachers as role models. The Trouble with Boys gives parents, educators, and anyone concerned about the state of education a manifesto for change—one we must undertake right away lest school become, for millions of boys, unalterably a “girl thing.”
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
There’s a technological and creative revolution underway: the maker movement. Fortunately for educators, this movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.
While school traditionally separates art and science, theory and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn’t work that way! The maker community brings children, hobbyists and professionals together in a glorious celebration of personal expression with a modern flare. In this practical guide, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager provide K-12 educators with the how, why, and cool stuff that supports classroom making.
Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood
Many have described how boys are failing at school, acting out, or shutting down emotionally. Lost in much of the ensuing public conversation are the boys themselves.
Most of this work on boys is based primarily on middle class, white boys. Yet boys from poor and working class families as well as those from African American, Latino, and Asian American backgrounds need to be understood in their own terms. Adolescent Boys brings together the most up-to-date empirical research focused on understanding the development of boys from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The authors show how the contexts of boys' lives shape their identities and relationships.
Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons
With his bestselling book Raising Cain, Michael Thompson, Ph.D., at last broke the silence surrounding the emotional life of boys and spearheaded an important national debate. Now he directs his authority, insight, and eloquence to answering your questions about raising a son. Speaking of Boys covers hot-button topics as well as traditional issues. This perceptive, informative, and passionate book will leave you not only with useful advice but also with the comforting knowledge that other parents share the same concerns you do when it comes to raising our boys into well-adjusted, responsible men.
In I Can Learn from You, Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley—the authors of Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys—probe deeply into the relational dynamics that help boys succeed as learners.
Drawing on interviews with students and teachers in thirty-five schools across six countries, they examine the ways boys extend and receive empathy—modes of interaction consistent across a wide range of schools, teachers, countries, and cultures.
They show how teachers can help boys form productive learning relationships and how schools can support the development of teachers’ relational capacities. At the heart of the book is the belief that educators must—and can—put relational teaching at the center of school life.
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
Ken Robinson, a leader on creativity and human potential, focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: the nation’s troubled education system. At a time when standardized testing companies make huge profits, when many schools struggle, and students and educators suffer, Robinson points the way. He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s technological and professional resources to engage students, develop love of learning, and enable them to face the challenges of the 21st century. Filled with insight from professionals on the front line of transformative education, case histories, and groundbreaking research—and written with Robinson’s trademark wit, engaging style—Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Creativity, Inc.is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.” Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.
This Is Not Your Average Art Book...it is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work and use this book to do some tinkering yourself. We do mean “use this book” in a literal sense… you won’t even be able to reach the first page before using it.
This is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing, working with readily available materials, getting their hands dirty, collaborating with others, problem-solving in the most fun sense of the word, and, yes, oftentimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt
Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness: it is actually our best measure of courage. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.” In a world where “never enough” dominates, putting ourselves out there amplifies the risk of getting criticized or hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as dangerous and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in, wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena.
Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
Boy World: a place where asking for help or showing emotional pain often feels impossible, where sports and video games can mean everything, but working hard in school frequently earns ridicule, where “masterminds” dominate and friends ruthlessly insult each other but can never object when someone steps over the line. Where hiding problems from adults is the ironclad rule because their involvement only makes situations worse.
Collaborating with a large team of middle- and high-school-age editors, Rosalind Wiseman has created an unprecedented guide to the life your boy is actually experiencing. Not only does Wiseman challenge you to examine your assumptions, she offers innovative coping strategies aimed at helping your boy develop a positive, authentic, and strong sense of self.
Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century
Most teachers and parents share the simple, urgent desire for students—especially those from low-income communities—to go to college and ultimately to be equipped to thrive in the unpredictable future ahead of them. Although, the great majority of American schools do not respond to this need.
In Deeper Learning, education strategist Monica R. Martinez and sociologist Dennis McGrath take us inside eight schools that have set out to transform the experience of learning. In these schools, we meet teachers and students who show us just what "Deeper Learning" looks like. Deeper Learning demonstrates how students in their teen years can become passionate learners and global citizens ready to take on a world increasingly defined by new technologies, economic shifts, and profound social challenges.
Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students
A revealing, and troubling, view of today's American high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success. Veteran teacher Denise Pope follows five highly regarded students through a school year and discovers that these young people believe getting ahead requires manipulating the system, scheming, lying and cheating.
An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students
Drawing from his own remarkable experience as a veteran classroom teacher, Ron Berger gives us a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift - a school-wide embrace of an "ethic of excellence." A master carpenter and gifted teacher, Berger is guided by a craftsman's passion for quality, describing what's possible when teachers, students, and parents commit to nothing less than the best. But Berger's not just idealistic, he's realistic - he tells exactly how this can be done, from the blackboard to the blacktop to the school boardroom.
Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids
Parents, teachers, and administrators are all concerned that America's kids are stressed out, checked out, or both, but many have no idea where to begin when it comes to solving the problem. Challenge Success has created a model for change in our schools based on research and communication, creativity, and compassion. If your community wants to build better schools and a brighter future, this book is the place to start. This book focuses on the day-to-day necessities of a healthy schedule; an engaging, personalized, and rigorous curriculum; and a caring climate, so that every student feels a sense of belonging, purpose, and motivation to learn the skills necessary to succeed now and in the future. Citing evidence-based best practices gleaned from years of work with schools across the country, they show us what is not working, but more importantly, what we need to do to fix things.
Deepen learning experiences in every classroom. Project-based learning (PBL) has the potential to fully engage students of the digital age, changing student-teacher dynamics and giving students greater influence and agency in their learning. Discover user-friendly strategies for implementing PBL to equip students with essential 21st century skills, strengthen their problem-solving abilities, and prepare them for college and careers.
Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed. A generation of “Makers” using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.
A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool--one that has been available to us since childhood--questioning.
Berger's findings reveal that even though children start out asking hundreds of questions a day, questioning "falls off a cliff" as kids enter school. In an education and business culture devised to reward rote answers over challenging inquiry, questioning is sometimes barely tolerated. And yet, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They've mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking--and finding powerful answers. A More Beautiful Question outlines how you find imaginative, powerful answers to your own "beautiful questions."
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. A simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life
This invaluable book addresses America’s performance-driven obsession with the accomplishments of its kids. School, Thompson reminds us, is full not just of studies but of human emotion. Through richly detailed interviews, case histories, and student e-mail journals, including those of his own children, Thompson illuminates the deeper psychological journey that is school, a journey that all children must take in order to grow and develop. The Pressured Child shows us how to listen for the truth of our children’s experience–and how to trust, love, and ultimately let go of a child.
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think and to thrive in the modern economy. Inspired to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embedded in these countries for one year.
Their stories, along with groundbreaking research into learning in other cultures, reveal a startling transformation: none of these countries had many “smart” kids a few decades ago. Things had changed. Teaching had become more rigorous; parents had focused on things that mattered; and children had bought into the promise of education.
Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies, or "Fat Envelopes"
Psychologist Madeline Levine, author of the New York Times bestseller The Price of Privilege, brings together cutting-edge research and thirty years of clinical experience to explode once and for all the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame.
Teach Your Children Well is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and a series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities. Teach Your Children Well is a must-read for parents, educators, and therapists looking for tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture.