Helping Boys Succeed in School
Instructor: Tammy Berg
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Correspondence
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $345
Partner Class Offered Through S.C.T. Continuing Education Services
Many parents and educators today are worried about the education of smart girls, especially in areas like math and science, but what about their male counterparts? According to a U.S. Census Bureau report (2004), 12% of boys drop out of high school, compared to 9% of girls. In addition, the current trend sees more girls enrolling in college than boys. Boys need to be given the tools they need to succeed in school, including strategies for channeling their interests, keeping them actively engaged, increasing their participation in humanities classes like language arts, and dealing with the unique social and emotional problems they face in school. This course combines field-tested strategies and advice with case studies of boys across the nation. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies for ensuring boys' success in school and the future.
As a result of participation in this course, students will:
1. Review some of the current trends with boys in education.
2. Identify strategies to help encourage boys’ interest in Reading and Writing.
3. Classify alternative educational options that empower boys to succeed.
4. Examine how to increase boys’ commitment to school success.
5. Analyze how to channel boys’ natural interests.
6. Characterize how bullying issues can affect learning.
7. Show how to guide boys beyond stereotypical expectations.
Required Text / Readings:
The required reading is found in the following texts:
Gurian, M. (2001). Boys and girls learn differently! San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Neu, T. & Weinfeld, R. (2007). Helping boys succeed in school. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press Inc.