Parkside Elementary studies gender-based learning

December 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm 7 comments

Parkside Elementary School is taking a closer look at the unique ways that boys and girls learn. Recent brain science studies revealed that boys and girls do not always learn the same way, and actually benefit from different approaches to teaching. When teaching does not address the different learning styles, children suffer, especially boys. According to Michael Gurian, founder of the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo., boys all over the world are struggling in school, with lower grades, more discipline problems, more learning disabilities and more behavior disorders than girls. The same holds true at Parkside, where girls outperform boys in almost every subject area.

After analyzing the data, Parkside’s principal, Dr. Phillip Luck, examined at the structure of a school day and realized that classrooms were a better fit for girls who were able to sit still, multi-task, and listen more carefully than for boys. Like other elementary schools across the country, Parkside tended to view the natural assets that boys bring to learning as a challenge. These include single-task focus, impulsivity and spatial and kinesthetic learning. Thus, Parkside has recently teamed up with the Gurian Institute to tackle this problem.

In November, Parkside’s staff worked with trainers from the Gurian Institute for an entire day with the goal of connecting brain science to classroom practices. This relationship will extend to Parkside’s parents as well. They will participate in a parent session in January.

In addition to working with the Gurian Institute, all classes have recess everyday. Dr. Luck knew that it was imperative for students, especially boys, to interact with friends and let go of some of the “kid” energy that all children have. By introducing more boy-friendly teaching strategies in the classroom, Parkside hopes to significantly improve learning and close the gender achievement gap at the school.

For more information about Parkside Elementary , please call 404-802-4100 or email pgluck@atlanta.k12.ga.us. For more on Parkside’s and other Atlanta Public Schools’ efforts on gender-based learning, pick up a copy of the fall issue of The Atlanta Educator. (Download a PDF version here.)

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. article  |  January 1, 2010 at 7:02 am

    it was great information that was provided by the school

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  • 2. article  |  January 1, 2010 at 7:03 am

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  • 3. yash mathur  |  February 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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  • 4. Cloud Hosting  |  March 4, 2010 at 2:36 am

    The Parkside elementary School had a detailed study in gender based learning. They had a close analysis on how boys and girls learned. They were testing how much they could learn, how they learned, and how much time it took and all. Boys and Girls are different. We all know that! But how their learning differed was yet to be found and the results showed that both boys and girls had a different approach in learning and they actually benefited from that!

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  • 5. Chrysalis School Eureka MT  |  March 7, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Its a great place to learn,i had been a part in there November batch when we worked to the goal of connecting science to the classroom practices. It was a well thought out initiative , i hope will be able to attend more such classes which is really a opening to the future of technology in studies.

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  • 6. Chrysalis School Eureka MT  |  March 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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