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The Perils of Being a Male Teacher at an All-Girls School

by John Tierney
Let's all pause for a silent moment of compassion for young male teachers in all-girls high schools. Theirs is a difficult job.

Riiiiiight, some of you young men may be thinking. I'll sign up for that work.

Why There Is A Shortage Of Male Teachers In Elementary Schools?

By Susan Donaldson James - ABC News
When Philip Wiederspan began teaching first-grade at age 25, he was the only male, except for the gym teacher. His former New Jersey college friends would look at him in shock when they learned his profession: "How can you do that? You must have a lot of patience."

More men needed to work in childcare industry for balance

by Martina Simos - adelaidenow.com
More men are being encouraged to work in the childcare industry to help the balance in the largely female dominated workforce.

Latest figures show only 5.6 per cent of the national early childhood education and care workforce is male.

New student organization supports current and future male educators

By Tommy Navickas - Illinois State University
Albeit whimsical, it would be accurate to say that a chance red light in Grand Junction, Colorado, 16 years ago lead to the creation of one of Illinois State’s newest registered student organizations (RSO).

Men in female-dominated jobs

Name: Kevin Lyke, 25
Place: Saline, Mich.

I work at a before- and after-school facility in an elementary school, where I help supervise kids. I'm definitely outnumbered. Counting myself, we have five men out of a total of around 25 to 30 employees.

Most male teachers confident working with children

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor - The Telegraph
The early years workforce is still skewed dramatically towards women as a result of deeply ingrained gender stereotypes combined with fears that men will be falsely labelled as paedophiles, it is claimed.

Research by Nottingham Trent and Bedfordshire universities found that most male teachers were confident working with children aged seven or under and insisted gender was "not an issue".

Why are so many parents reluctant to hire men to care for their kids?

By Melinda Wenner Moyer - Slate.com
When my husband and I toured a preschool last week, the owner told me that her husband, a classical musician, sometimes pops in to play piano for the kids. I assumed she was trying to impress us—what parent doesn’t want a little extra Bach in her child’s life?—but then she explained, nervously, that she was telling us because she felt she had to.

Dr. Ed Klugman to receive the Steve Shuman Award in Support of Men in Early Education

by Craig Simpson - MenTeach - New England
[MenTeach - Ed Klugman has had a significant effect on the Early Education profession. Mr. Klugman has been mentioned in previous MenTeach posts. You can read an interview with him at the PBS.org site.]

For girls, teachers' gender matters, study says

by Sarah D. Sparks - Education Week
Female elementary school teachers' comfort with mathematics has an outsize effect on the girls they teach, according to new research.

Administrator Suggestions Regarding the Recruitment of Male Elementary Teachers

by Dr. Julia Wilkins, Ph.D. and Dr. Robert J. Gamble, Ph.D. - D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY
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From the front lines to the front of the class

by Greg Toppo - USA Today
Administrators are increasingly finding that many servicemembers make good teachers

Stationed for 13 months along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in 2007 and 2008, Brian Thompson had a lot of time to wonder what could come next for him.

In charge of a mortar squad with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Thompson often thought he’d go to law school once his three-and-a-half years were up.

U.S. schools seek role models for boys

Interview by Kate Hammer - The Globe & Mail
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks to The Globe and Mail's Kate Hammer about why boys are falling behind south of the border, and what can be done to close the gap between genders in the classroom. Teachers, he argues, will be central to addressing this problem and he and his staff are looking at ways to recruit male minorities to teaching.

Raising Boys' Achievement Involves More Male Teachers

By Jake Miller - Educator's Room
It's no shock to any reader - teacher or parent - to learn that boys are not just falling behind, they're sinking. In the middle school where I teach, of our nearly 1,100 students, roughly 80% of the special education students are male. More than 2/3 of the students failing classes are male. More than 75% of the discipline problems, again, originate with our young men.

In The Land Of Women: Being a Man in Early Childhood Education

By Theodore Kokoros - Wheelock College
About 5 years ago a movie starring Kristen Stewart, Adam Brody, and Meg Ryan came out called “In The Land of Women.” I have only seen a few parts of it while flipping through channels on cable, but the title of the movie has always stuck with me. Five days a week, I wake up and head to my main job as a Pre-K teacher at a non-profit Early Childhood Education Center in Boston where I am the only male out of the 20 or so employees.

Foundation pays education expenses to increase male black and Hispanic elementary teachers

By Topher Sanders - Jacksonville.com
Joshua Shubert sometimes thinks his third-grade teacher, Wayne Mitchell, is mean. Octavia Shubert, Joshua's mother, disagrees.

"No, he's firm," Shubert says of Mitchell. "And that's what I like. Especially [for] a young black man with the way the world is today."

Men needed more in childcare say women

by Bev Jordan - Hilshire Times - Australia
Craig Patterson at St Michael's Family Long Day Care is one of a rare breed, a man who works in childcare.

He is just about to clock up seven years at the Baulkham Hills centre and 13 years in childcare in western Sydney.

He is a hit with children, parents and staff alike.

Men in the teaching profession in Georgia

By Andrea Castillo — The Macon Telegraph
“Mild” and “spicy” aren’t adjectives that Edgar Ray, a fourth-grade teacher at Bruce Elementary School, limits to descriptions of food.

During a recent lesson on synonyms and antonyms, Ray used those words to explain to his students that words with similar meanings can express different ideas.

Male elementary school teachers in New England

by Michael Brindley - Staff Writer, The Telegraph
Michael O’Dell didn’t have a male teacher until the seventh grade. He’s making sure his students can’t say the same thing.

Lake City man lives dream of being teacher

by Bradrick McClam - SCNow.com
Rashad Myers said he discovered as a senior at Lake City High School that he wanted to become a teacher. He said his Chemistry II teacher was a role model to him and that he liked the idea of having a black male teacher.

"Education is important and the key to success, no matter what field you pursue," Myers said.

New report looks at best practices for enhancing the teaching & learning of minority boys in single-sex classrooms

Nipissing University, Schulich School of Education, tenured, full professor Dr. Douglas Gosse has released a groundbreaking new study that uncovers optimal teaching and learning approaches and strategies for minority boys, via the implementation of single-sex classrooms.
 

Male educators in Grand Forks elementary classrooms

by Jennifer Johnson - Grand Forks Herald
Early in his teaching career at Grand Forks’ Ben Franklin Elementary School, Harold Gustafson had a good student he described as “a little Pigpen,” named after the Peanuts character who was always followed by a trail of dust.

The boy’s father kept urging him to clean his room, but the boy refused. One weekend, the father moved out.

Greenville actor named district Teacher of the Year

by Eric Connor - Staff Writer Greenville Online
In his first year of teaching, actor Will Ragland could always count on a standing ovation in the Bryson Elementary School cafeteria.

Our schools need more male teachers

by William Gormley, PhD
In recent years, education experts have converged on one big idea: Teachers matter. Studies show that years of good teaching can set a student on a good path, while years of bad teaching can do the opposite.

Yet only a fraction of our teachers are the best and the brightest of their generation. According to a 2010 McKinsey report, nearly half of U.S. teachers come from the bottom third of their class.

Creating future-minded African American men

By Jessica Brown - Cincinnati.com
[MenTeach: If you want to contact Gary Favors about his program, check out his website: Hearts and Minds.]

Of all the projects he completed in the Hearts and Minds program this spring, Roman Putman Jr. is most proud of his "future board."

50 per cent more males in teaching

According to the BBC, a report funded by the Department for Education (DfE) has suggested that men are not only increasing their presence in the education sector, but are doing so at five times the rate of women.  

Changes focused on Primary Schools

Michigan Man finds satisfaction teaching overseas

by Chuck Carlson - The Enquirer
Kevin Hodges has a career that, quite literally, could take him around the world before he’s done.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Hodges, a 1983 Battle Creek Central High grad who waded through his share of uncertainty and frustration before settling on a job that, at least in the United States, is beset by instability and layoffs.

Male Teacher blazes a new trail in China

by Yang Yijun - China Daily
Children in the brand new Haoertong Kindergarten like to boast to their peers at other kindergartens: "Our principal is a handsome uncle."

Zhu Jun, the first male graduate of preschool education studies in Shanghai, is now the city's first male kindergarten principal with a professional educational background.

Men in elementary classrooms in New Hampshire

by Sarah Palermo - Monitor staff
When Jerry Parr of Londonderry was 3 years old, he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. But when he was in college, he had a moment of doubt.

Remembering his own preschool teacher, he worried, "Will I play the piano and sing well enough to engage my students? Will my drawing abilities ever be up to par? Am I creative enough and sensitive enough?"

St. Paul teacher retiring

By Mila Koumpilova - TwinCities.com
Parenting is tough. This St. Paul teacher made it easier. Now he's retiring.

He gets guys to croon "Itsy Bitsy Spider," moms to open up about hormonal rollercoasters and kids to put away their toys.

He started a support group of sorts for stay-at-home dads, a rock band that sings about the twists-and-turns of parenting -- and a backlash against lavish kid birthday parties that went international.

Wanted: Black male teachers across the nation

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley - Special to the NNPA from the Houston Defender
It's a nationwide problem - the shortage of Black male teachers. Only two percent of the nation's nearly five million teachers are African American.
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