DEBERT – Young male students may see better results in school thanks to a special education gathering in Debert.
Dr. Edmond Dixon spoke to educators within Chignecto-Central Regional School Board on Wednesday about how to improve boys’ learning. Submitted photo
About 130 primary to Grade 6 educators met on Wednesday to receive tips and resources from Dr. Edmond Dixon, of Toronto, who developed a series of cognitive-kinesthetic learning strategies designed to help struggling learners.
Dixon began work on Helping Boys Learn, a series of books and online tools to assist educators in helping young boys achieve their potential, particularly in the classroom. On Wednesday, Dixon shared some of his findings and techniques to help local students embrace learning.
“All across Nova Scotia boys have not been achieving the (learning) levels they could … the vast majority of challenges, like dropouts, special needs, being suspended for bullying, are often with boys. And boys are not even finishing or entering (post-secondary) schools on the same level as they did before,” Dixon told the Truro Daily News.
To help combat the problem, educators in Chignecto-Central Regional School Board were introduced to a multi-year program that was launched on Wednesday, called Helping Boys Learn, that involves new teachers’ resources including online assistance.
“We are doing this in a number of other provinces and in the U.S. … there are parent resources as well.”
One of the tips in the program Dixon shared with educators yesterday was that “boys’ brains are more hard-wired for movement than girls” so classroom structures should take that into consideration.
“One-third of teachers’ time is spent on redirecting and discipline in a class and most of that is on boys,” he added.
Dixon said further information, and specific action plans, regarding Helping Boys Learn can be found by logging onto www.helpingboyslearn.com