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Looking Through The Eyes of Boys and Girls Dan Hodgins DKJ5075@aol.com Girls see the details of experiences…… The Crockus is Four times larger than boys. Boys Brains see the whole but not the details 34%of preschool children last year were expelled and 87% of them were boys

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girls see the details of experiences

Girls see the details of experiences……

The Crockus is Four times larger than boys.

34%of preschool children last year were expelled and 87% of them were boys
  • 50% of eighth grade boys are more likely to be held back a grade
  • Boys are 6 times more likely to be “misdiagnosed” with ADD or ADHD
  • Boys are 4 times more likely to be labeled needing special education
  • Boys are 7 times more likely to be labeled with reading or language delays
  • Boys are more likely not to complete high school
  • Boys are 4 times more likely to commit suicide
  • 62% of the schools last year removed recess time
  • 51% of the schools last year removed talking during lunch time
skull development
Skull Development

Toddlers have a thick skull for protection.

Normally as the child increases in age his/her skull decreases in thickness.

The skull for males does not decrease in thickness.

a boy s brain develops from the back the doing part towards the front the thinking part

A boy’s brain develops from the back (the doing part) towards the front (the thinking part)

Girl’s brain develops more from front to back. So, boys develop motor skills, their physical abilities, before they start to think about them.

if boys are 12 18 months behind are we
If boys are 12 – 18 months behind are we?
  • Using appropriate strategies in the classroom for their developmental level?
  • Using appropriate assessments based on their level not their age?

According to Richard Lapchick, author of Baseball and your Boy, warns that “most coaches, who are male, lack even rudimentary knowledge of the emotional, psychological, social and physical needs of children.”


Sam and Abdul were playing together in the block area building anairport for their toy planes. Sam pretended to land one of the planes and mistakenly knocked over the airport ‘tower’. Abdul yelled at him, “You dummy. You knocked over the tower!”

sensory stressors
Sensory Stressors:
  • Walls covered with “stuff”
  • Environments that are filled with too many choices
  • Signs that say “Be nice to your friends”; “Use Kind Words”; “Safety comes first, no running”
channel surfing ruben gur
“Channel Surfing”(Ruben Gur)

Males often “zone out” in front of the TV, channel-surfing and not stopping for any long term engagement. They are channel surfing as a form of brain-rest.

Females, on the other hand, more often stop surfing at a drama that involves senses in which people are talking or otherwise in interaction and relationship.

washing hands for boys
Washing Hands for Boys
  • Turn on water
  • Pause
  • Soap on hands
  • Pause
  • Rinse off soap
  • Pause
  • Turn off water
  • Pause
  • Dry hands
  • Pause
pause breakers
Pause Breakers:
  • Shouting
  • Spinning
  • Jumping
  • Running
  • Clapping
if boys respond to loud voices

If boys respond to loud voices

Why are we always saying

“use your inside voice”?

  • Girls are better at using their senses to assist in memory development. Especially through their fingertips and skin.
  • Boys work better in temperatures 10 degrees lower than girls
  • Boys work better with bright lights, girls work better with dim lights

Boys don’t remember what you have told them. Each time an incidence happens, it’s as if it never happened before.

communication patterns
Communication Patterns:
  • 55% facial
  • 38% voice tone
  • 7% voice alone

Males emotional response is on the right side of his brain, while the power to express his feelings in speech lies over on the left side.

Because the two halves are connected by a very small corpus callosum, the flow of information between one side of the brain and the other is more restricted.

dirty bill
Dirty Bill

I know a man named Dirty Bill

He lives in a house on garbage hill

Never took a bath and never will

Yuk! Yuk! Old Dirty Bill.

You catch him, you snatch him

You throw him in the tub

You turn on the water

And you scrub, scrub, scrub


You catch him, you snatch him

You throw him in the sink

You scrub off the dirt

And the stink, stink, stink!


Peee yewwww!!!!

kindergarten song friends
Kindergarten SongFriends

Friends, friends, one, two, three

All my friends are here with me

You’re my friend; you’re my friend; you’re my friend, you’re my friend

Friends, Friends one two three all my friends are here with me.

boys song in kindergarten boogers
Boys Song In KindergartenBoogers

Boogers, boogers, one, two, three

All my boogers are here with me.

Here’s one booger, here’s one booger, here’s one booger, here’s one booger

Boogers, boogers, one, two, three

All my boogers are here with me!

yankee doodle
Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle

Went to town

A riding on a spider

Stuck an apple up his butt

And peed apple cider.

english and social studies assignment for seventh graders the write source 2000
English and Social Studies Assignment for Seventh Graders – The WriteSource 2000
  • Do you often compare yourself to someone else? “Sometimes”
  • Do you compare to make yourself feel better? “No, I do not”
  • Do your comparisons make you feel inferior? “No.”
writing for boys
Writing for Boys:
  • Usually includes action
  • Less details
  • Larger space needed
  • Often relates to present tense
  • Writing on the go!
called simultaneous oral spelling

Researchers discovered that girls become better spellers if they first say each word and letter before they spell it, and then repeat each letter as they write it.

Called “simultaneous oral spelling”

selecting books for boys
Selecting Books for Boys
  • Does the book encourage acting it out?
  • Do the pictures suggest movement?
  • Are there action words?
  • Do the pictures have less detail?
  • Can boys identify with the main character/s?
  • Does it reflect different ages, race and abilities?
  • Is there a beginning, middle and end?
  • Is the subject relevant to boys?
make sure literacy activities are relevant

Make Sure Literacy Activities are Relevant…..

Talking and writing about “Poop” is not just a word but a major life experience for boys…….

Get Over IT.

books for boys
Arnold, Ted

Barrett, Jodi

Cooke, Trish

Davis, Aubrey

Downey, Lynn

Feiffer, Jules

Fox, Mem

Horswarth, Werner

Geroghty, Paul

Ginsburg, Mira

Grossman, Bill

James, Simon

MacDonald, Elixabeth

Naylor, Phyllis

Flourde, Lynn

Steig, William


Things that are the most

So much

The enormous potato

The fees sneeze

Bark George

Tough Boris

The Mole in Search

Look out Patrick

Clay Boy

My Little Sister Ate one Hare

The Wild Woods

The Wolf is Coming

The king of the playground

Pigs in the mud

Pet’s a Pizza

Books for boys:
computer use for boys jane healy failure to connect
Computer Use for BoysJane Healy, Failure to Connect
  • Attention span problems may be due to early brain attachment to mechanical stimulation
  • Imagination functions of the brain, do not grow as richly
  • Reading and writing functions and verbal skills develop more slowly if young brains are mechanized too early
group dynamics
Group Dynamics
  • Cooperative learning is easier for girls to master in the early years
  • Boys tend to focus on performing the task well, without as much sensitivity to the emotions of others around them
  • Girls form looser organizations
  • Boys spend less time than girls managing the team process, they quickly pick leaders and focus on goal orientation
girls in groups
Girls in Groups:
  • Congregate in groups more often
  • Engage in talking
  • Greet newcomers warmly
  • Primarily interested in people
  • Have a harder time saying goodbye or making closures
personal responses
Personal Responses:

At four months old, most baby girls can distinguish photographs of people they know from photographs of strangers, boys usually cannot.

A one week old baby girl can distinguish a baby’s cry from a background of general noise of a similar volume. Baby boys cannot.

boys in groups
Boys in Groups
  • Occupy large space during play
  • Engage in rough and vigorous play
  • Ignore newcomers
  • More bodily contact
  • Primarily interested in objects
  • Less time to say goodbye or putting closures
inclusion in groups
Inclusion in Groups
  • Boys tend not to bother about whether or not they like any particular member of the group-he’s included if he’s useful.
  • Girls exclude other girls because “they’re not nice”.
  • Girls know and remember the names of their playmates; boys don’t often

For boys all learning is:

If it is not in the body it is not in the brain…….


For girls

if it is not in the voice it is not in the mind……….

chris is his name
Chris Is His Name

Chris is his name and pushing is his game

You can catch him pushing in the sun and rain

He’ll be pushing high, he’ll be pushing low

He’ll be pushing, pushing, wherever he goes

So if you want some pushing and you don’t know what to do

Just go to Chris and he’ll help you.

baby shark
Baby Shark

Baby shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Baby shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Mother shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Mother shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Daddy shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Daddy shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Grandpa shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Grandpa shark, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Sharks swim, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Sharks swim, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Sharks attack, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

Sharks attach doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

chocolate candy
Chocolate Candy

Chocolate Candy and Jelly Beans

Put them in my pocket and put them in my jeans.

Mommy washed the clothes and this is what she said


Chocolate candy and jelly beans all over the washing machine.

testosterone spikes
Testosterone Spikes
  • Boys can have 2 – 10 spikes per hour depending on age
  • Girls usually have 2 spikes a day
  • Boys spikes are more common in the morning
  • Girls spikes are more common in late afternoon or evening
  • Boys release physical tension during a spike
  • Boys react with energy or erections or both
  • Style of interaction
  • Physical greeting
  • Common during a spike
  • Nurturing
  • No correlation between roughhousing and violence
  • Game playing
  • Allows a child the pleasure of using his own strength
  • Non-verbal
types of roughhousing
Types of Roughhousing
  • Running into boxes
  • Running through newspaper
  • Climbing
  • Motorboat, motorboat
  • Capes, nets, ropes
  • High fives
  • Pushing and shoving
  • Butt pushes
  • Handshaking
  • Swordfighting
quick and easy physical activities for boys
Quick and Easy Physical Activities for Boys
  • Sky pulling
  • Sky writing
  • Lazy eights
  • Ear openers
  • Feet movements
  • Mouth stretchers
vivian paley boys and girls superheroes in the doll corner 1984 wrote

Vivian Paley, Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner, 1984 wrote:

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader have the same domination as Mothers and Princesses. Boys play as Darth Vader involves lots of conflict and action. Girls play as mother and princesses involves lots of pesty characters that have tantrums, sisters quarrel, babies cry and mothers threaten and spank.

art for boys
Art for Boys:
  • Rubber band two or three brushes together
  • Rubber band swatches
  • Horse brush painting
  • Massage instrument painting
  • Dropping socks filled with sand onto paint
  • Bottle brush painting
  • Plunger painting
movement props for boys
Movement Props for Boys
  • Arm stretchers
  • Towel dancing
  • Bag movements
  • Newspaper toss
  • Sword fighting (swimming noodles)
  • Capes
  • Broom handle music sticks
  • Scooters
  • Marshmallow shooters
what do boys need
What Do Boys Need?
  • A variety of movable objects
  • Lots of space
  • Visual routine
  • Lower temperatures
  • Roughhousing
  • Running
  • Power play
  • Boxes for kicking
school rules for boys


Dig to China



Build higher then your eyes

Tear down











Be alone

School Rules for Boys
activities for girls in the classroom
Activities for Girls in the Classroom
  • Digital cameras (taking pictures of themselves and others)
  • Use teams more
  • Small motor toys
  • Personalize spaces
  • Talking tubes
  • “Feeling games”
  • Books about feelings
  • Dramatic play (helping fields)

Harford Heights Elementary School, the largest elementary school in Maryland, have experimented with same sex classrooms since the mid-nineties

The all boy classrooms encourage natural competitiveness and high-spiritedness. “The boys become competitive rather than combative”

feelings girls
Feelings - Girls
  • Use emotion and cognition to solve problems
  • Girls talk about their feelings
  • Girls demonstrate empathy
  • Girls see consequences faster
  • Process pain and hurt more quickly
  • Seek out assistance faster
  • Enjoy cooperative activities
feelings boys
Feelings - Boys
  • Release feelings in quick burst of energy
  • Has delayed reactions to problems
  • Project feelings to outside space
  • Go into “cave”
  • Boys do not talk about their feelings
  • Boys respond to empathy when it is part of a task
  • Boys can become assertive or withdrawn
girls are sensitive to shame but boys fear it


Girls may be shame-sensitive, boys are shame-phobic; they see it has “loss of face” and will do just about whatever it takes to avoid shame.

William Pollack, Real Boys


Infant boys are cuddled, talked to, and breast fed for significantly shorter periods of time than infant girls.

Michael Gurian, A Fine Young Man


Punishing the dominant child, as we often do, may need to be rethought. We are in fact, punishing him for being healthy.

Thomas Boyce, University of California, Berkeley

  • Girls often bully by calling names, or telling stories
  • Boys often bully by using physical force
discipline for boys
Discipline For Boys:
  • Only talk about what you want them to do
  • Allow for physical outlets of emotion
  • Provide role playing
  • Remember that sometimes boys are louder and give orders, ignore often
  • Provide “caves” for cooling down
  • Provide roughhousing opportunities
  • Empathy must be related to a physical task
  • Visual guidance
pirate song
Pirate Song

When I was one, I had some fun

On the day I went to sea

I jumped aboard a pirate ship

And the captain said to me

Go this way, that way, forward, backwards

Over the deep blue sea.

james garbarino says
James Garbarino Says:
  • Boys need stability
  • Boys need security
  • Boys need affirmation and acceptance
how do your create
How Do Your Create?
  • Stability:
  • Security:
  • Affirmation/Acceptance:
protecting adolescents from harm 1997

Researchers demonstrated that the largest major factor protecting young people from emotional distress, drug abuse, and violence-other than the closeness they were able to achieve within their families – was “perceived school connectedness”

Protecting Adolescents from Harm 1997.

side effects of attending this workshop
Side Effects of Attending This Workshop
  • Hallucinations of men who “feel”
  • Create more space for roughhousing
  • Hair loss
  • Snoring
  • Compulsion to say “your in pause”
  • A strong desire to become a pirate
  • An urge to tell some male, “so that’s why you behave that way?”
  • Better teaching