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Male teachers wary of hugging students

by Melody Gutierrez - Sacramento Bee
Kindergarten teacher Paul Ferreter knows he is putting his credential on the line each time he opens his arms to hug one of his students.

While more and more teachers, especially male educators, are putting up barriers to protect themselves from false allegations, Ferreter said he can't bring himself to forgo hugs. But his hugs have been modified. He calls them "sideways hugs."

5th grade teacher honored by President Obama

President Barack Obama is honoring a Boston Public Schools teacher as one of the nation’s best science teachers. Wai Chin Ng, a 5th grade teacher at Josiah Quincy Elementary School, is among the 85 educators from across the country, and just one of two here in Massachusetts, to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

It's elementary, guys: Male teachers bring diversity to primary grades

By Erin Waldner - The Press-Enterprise
Kenny Hall has been a teacher for 13 years, all of them at the elementary school level.

The Yucaipa instructor has taught first, second and third grades and currently, kindergarten.

Male teachers Western Pennsylvania elementary classrooms

by Amy Crawford - Tribune-Review
Sixteen kindergarteners sat cross-legged on a rag rug, singing songs about the days of the week and the months of the year.

The classroom at Carnegie Elementary School in the Carlynton School District was furnished with the usual toys preferred by 5-year-olds -- trucks, blocks, a kitchen play-set, a miniature makeup table. There was a collection of books nearby, and a set of puzzles in cardboard boxes.

New JOURNAL OF MEN’S STUDIES - Men and Teaching: Good Intentions and Productive Tensions.

Davison, K.G. and Nelson, B.G. (2011). Men and Teaching: Good Intentions and Productive Tensions. Journal of Men's Studies, 19(2), 91-96.

A New Book about Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play

"Big body play"--the sometimes rowdy, always very physical running, rolling, climbing, tagging, jumping, grabbing, and wrestling that most children love and many adults try to shut down--can and should be an integral part of every early childhood setting.

Call him Larry Poppins

by Katy Read - Star Tribune
Over the years, Sam Smith of Edina has had four different nannies: two female and two male. All other things being equal, the 10-year-old admitted that he'd rather have a guy.

Sam didn't say that just because his current nanny, 19-year-old Jared Monsebroten, was sitting right across the family-room table, on the other side of a neat stack of multiplication flash cards.

Pro football player spending the lockout as a substitute teacher

By Doug Farrar - Yahoo Sports
While some NFL players are spending the enforced offseason in workouts with their teammates and others (like Minnesota's Ray Edwards(notes) and Baltimore's Tom Zbikowski(notes)) are spending it in the boxing ring, third-year safety David Bruton(notes) of the Denver Broncos has set himself on a different path — he's spending the lockout as a substitute teacher at his old high school in Ohio, teaching social studies an

Malaysia: Gender equality for teachers

The Education Ministry will offer teacher training courses to an equal number of men and women, in an effort to ensure a balance of male and female teachers in future.

The intake will also comprise 40% trainees from the peninsula and another 30% each from Sabah and Sarawak.

"This way, the ministry can ensure that those from Sabah and Sarawak can be posted back to their home states while those from the peninsula work here.

Black male teachers scarce - but needed

by Mr.ChollyHudnall - Newsvine.com
Tigrett Middle School eighth-grader Bobby Bond credits his fifth-grade teacher as the first to encourage him as a student.He was the first black man that I've had for a teacher," said Bond, 13, who is also black. "He always told me to do my best. He would sit and talk to me, and he mentored me."

Bond said he has a positive relationship with his eighth-grade science teacher, Ray Yancy, who is also black.

"He's a good example," Bond said. "He's encouraged me."

U.S. Colleges, Universities Step Up Recruitment With Looming Nationwide Teacher Shortage

by Amara Phillip - Diverse - Issues in Higher Education
With a third of the country's more than 3.4 million teachers expected to retire by 2013, many states may face a dwindling pool of qualified teachers in the near future. To address this potential shortage, many education programs are stepping up their recruitment efforts -- particularly in urban and underserved communities.

Educators say more men needed in childcare

by Tanisha Duverney - Senior Reporter
Males lack a significant role in childcare centres, said a Humber early childhood educator.

David Lockwood is the only male ECE professor at Humber. He said children need both female and male role models in their lives.

A visit to hands on male involvement in Hawai'i

We're in Hawai'i and getting a great opportunity to see how some cultures - the Hawai'i Language Immersion programs - celebrate a culture and language. They have more than 15% of their staff working with children are men.

Here are some photos of a group being taught how to make foods of Hawai'i and to make games to play.

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The Missing Male Teacher

by Shaun Johnson - Assistant professor - Towson University
The Missing Male Teacher: An Interview with Shaun Johnson

Why don't more MEN work with CHILDREN? Abuse Stigma? Low Pay? Watch the movie!

[MenTeach: This is one of the most informal talks about men teaching. A guy just walking along the highway talking about men working with children. Gotta love YouTube! You can see more of his thoughts about other ideas here: The Demcad Channel]

"Men are severely underrepresented in elementary schools, child care homes and day care centers. In this video, I'll explain why I think many men avoid teaching."

Men in Rush to be Primary Teachers

by Natalie Chalk - Daily Express
The number of men applying to be primary school teachers has rocketed during the economic downturn.

Education has turned into a boom industry with a 52 per cent increase in male applicants wanting to teach four to 11 year olds over the past year.

Figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools reveal how a combination of recession and redundancies has forced people to re-evaluate their career goals.

Number of men applying to be primary school teachers soars by more than 50% thanks to recession

by Sarah Harris - Mail Online
It is a profession which has been dominated by women for generations. But now it appears many more men want to become primary school teachers.

The surge of applicants for training courses is being put down to the economic downturn and rising unemployment making the job more attractive.

The number of men wanting to train for primary teaching has risen 52 per cent in the last year, from 3,125 to 4,746.

What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers?

by Shaun Johnson - Assistant professor - Towson University
A good friend and colleague who is now in Chicago first gifted me with this parable. It's been in my thoughts lately as my wife pursues her medical degree. In fact, she and I have talked about this at length, and when making comparisons between how physicians and teachers are treated, she is just as astounded.

Helping students go from 'Boys 2 Men'

Sixth-grader Elijah Brown's blue dress shirt bagged out over his beltless khakis inside the cafeteria at Forest Heights Elementary School. The loose look may have been a style choice, but it also was clear that Elijah had some room to grow into those dress clothes.

40% of grandparental childcare provided by men

A report published today by childcare charity Daycare Trust has shattered the traditional image of grandparent carers, revealing a greater gender balance than previously thought, and a generation of 'super-grandparents' combining employment with childcare responsibilities.

Increasing need for Elementary School Teachers

An always increasing population means that more teachers are needed to instruct America's youth.

With 597,000 job openings expected between 2008 and 2018, elementary school teachers will see more job growth than any other career that requires a bachelor's degree, according to the College Board.

Training: You'll need a bachelor's degree, plus certification, to teach elementary school. Requirements vary by state, though private schools require only a bachelor's to get started.

Average Pay: $53,150

A male teacher refuses to leave teaching

Approximately 24 students will be officially inducted into Claflin University's Call Me MISTER program.

The Call Me MISTER program is designed to increase the number of African American male teachers working in South Carolina's classrooms.

Call Me MISTER collaborator Hayward Jean said, "There is an overabundance of negative role models out there today.

"We are creating positive role models for children inside and outside the classroom"

Special Report: Men Teaching in Canada

[MenTeach: See video interview with Jon Bradley]

Teaching elementary or high school has never been a very popular career choice for men.

But the number of men choosing to teach in the 21st century is extraordinarily low.

The latest percentage of male teachers in the United States

This is the 2010 United States Bureau of Labor Statistics data about numbers and percentages of teachers. If you compare the 2010 data with 2009 there are some changes. Check out the data and then go look at the previous years: Data about Teachers.

Eastern Kentucky University program aims to attract more African-American males to teaching

Special to The Richmond Register
African American children comprise 17 percent of the student population nationwide, but their chances of seeing an African-American male teacher in front of their classroom are about 1 in 100.

Florida school encouraging more black men to become teachers

by Sherri Ackerman - The Tampa Tribune
When Clifford Brady walked the halls of Roland Park Elementary some 35 years ago, students knew their hair had better be combed and their shirts clean.

One of them was Lionel Bryant, a sixth-grader who would grow up to work with students at the same school.

A Few More Few Good Men

Dr. Sarah Farquhar - New Zealand
Good news for children and families - more men are being employed in early childhood services.

But the bad news is continuing for the ECE sector as the percentage of male staff remains lower than it was pre the early 1990s.
 
In 1992 there were 154 men out of a total of 6,568 staff in licensed teacher-led early childhood services.

Do we need more male teachers?

By Valerie Strauss - Washington Post
Ronald Maggiano is somewhat unusual in the teaching profession. That is because he is male.

Maggiano is an award-winning teacher in the Social Studies Department at West Springfield High School in Virginia. He has taught in public and private schools for 25 years.

In a piece on his blog called "The Classroom Post," he calls for more males to enter the profession.

Here's why:

Scottish project recruits young men to work in childcare

by Ross Watson - Children & Young People Now
A project in Scotland, aimed at recruiting young and unemployed men into the childcare sector, has received #50,000 of funding to increase training opportunities.

The Coalfield Trust awarded the money to the Men into Childcare project, which aims to help young and unemployed men in former mining areas in East Ayrshire. The Trust was originally formed in 1999 to help mining communities recover from the impact of pit closures.

American Federation of Teacher Early Educator

AFT early childhood educator, Robert Leonard Johnson, developed an amazing desire and interest in teaching and helping others to obtain their goals at a young age.  For a neighbor with special needs, Robert served as a tutor.  He spent much of his recreational time away from friends and taught his neighbor the letters of the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors.  He knew even at a young age just how important the early years are in a ch
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