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ENCOURAGEMENT VS. DISCOURAGEMENT


September 25, 2012

ENCOURAGEMENT VS. DISCOURAGEMENT
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Linda M. Penn

Welcome to Linda’s Blog! In my Blog 2, “Energized Books,” I discussed my theory that boys may have more difficulty with learning to read because boys needed more exciting literature. I stated I hadn’t done research on the topic, but was merely talking from previous experience. I decided to do research about struggling male readers. Wow! I am learning a lot! Come along with me as I delve further into this topic.

I am currently reading Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. It is such a shame I didn’t have access to the information in this book while I was still teaching. Yes, indeed, according to the research cited in this book:

  1. On average, boys are about 1 ½ (one and one-half) years behind girls in reading.
  2. Boys and girls’ brains are different – not one better than the other, just different.
(Just as a side note, what does this say to our well-meaning legislators about high stakes, one-size-fits-all testing?)

Dr. Sax says that boys need more adventuresome type stories so they will be encouraged to read. Kindergarten is generally the time boys begin their discouragement
with reading and ultimately, with school as a whole. Girls, on the other hand, are usually not discouraged with school at this age. Girls prefer the “touchy-feely” fiction books. This goes back to the fact that boys and girls have different brain development at different ages.

We don’t need to search much for books for our young emerging female readers, as shelves are filled with rows and rows of that type of literature. However, we must search diligently for those information “energy-laden” stories and magazine articles for our young emerging male readers.

As parents, educators, and legislators, let’s work to give kids those positive, encouraging reading experiences at school and home, so they don’t get discouraged about reading and school. When given these positive experiences at a young age, children will be likely to broaden their reading interests as they grow and mature.

PLEASE let me hear your comments. I need your encouragement!!!!!!!!!!
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1 Comment to ENCOURAGEMENT VS. DISCOURAGEMENT:

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Anonymous on Sunday, September 13, 2015 12:37 PM
You have a very special way of writing things,keep up the good work
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