Letters

A new book - Men on a Mission: Valuing Youth Work in Our Communities

by Bill Marsiglio, Author
I'm on the MenTeach listserve and thought I would share a recent publication of mine that may be of interest to you and your colleagues. I cited your 2002 book in my own work. As the description indicates at the link below, I interviewed and observed men in a wide range of youth work settings, including elementary, middle, and high school teachers. I also have a separate section on men and schools in the book.

Is there a reverse ‘glass ceiling’ for men in education?

[MenTeach: There were some postings to one of the elists about men and education. Two long time educators discuss a topic of interest.]

What about the men who succeed in what tend to be female-dominated careers, including nursing, travel, marketing, and childcare? Is there such a thing as a reverse glass ceiling for men?

From nuclear reactors to teaching?

I'm a 34 year old male who has always wanted to teach, but has always been discouraged from doing so by all the important people in my life, especially women. My mother has a Master's Degree in Education and has been teaching since I was born in 1973. The funny thing is, she has been the biggest opponent to me becoming a teacher.

Schott happens! Fellowship Available.

Kitt Cox
Hello MenTeach,

Here's a great opportunity for men and women in Massachusetts to learn about how to have an impact on education policies, develop professional networks, and to build advocacy skills. Diverse leadership connected to community - architects of change.

Schott happens!

Kitt


It's that time again!

We are looking for great people to be Fellows in 2009. The application, due September 15, 2008, can be found on www.schottfellowship.org.

One reason we love to teach

by Terry Bussey
We just had one of our School-Age girls move on from our program after being with us for quite a number of years. She lives with her grandparents and they wrote a very heart-warming letter to us. One portion of the letter really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you:

Finding support as a male teacher

Chris - Male Teacher
[MenTeach: Occassionally we receive e-mails from readers that we like to post.]

The little comic strip posted at: http://www.menteach.org/news/male_teachers , left me feeling slightly less alone.

Men teachers in Malaysia

by Mahanom Basri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I am very happy to share my experiences having male teachers teaching at my centre.

2009 is a special year whereby two male teachers are actively involved at the centre. They are well received by the children until female staff felt a little bit uncomfortable.

Our young children as early as two years old will shout and automatically stop doing any activity when this male teacher arrives. Overwhelmed with their voices they will go to shake hands and big hugs are usually seen.

Batman in the classroom?

[MenTeach: A person posted an interesting question in the forums.]

I was wondering if anyone had any experience in trying to teach superheroes to preschoolers.

Teach in an all boy school

Septima Clark Public Charter School, the first public charter school for boys in Washington, DC, has launched its 2008-09 teacher recruitment search.

We need your help!

Standing up for male teachers

by Thomas W. Washburn
[MenTeach: A director wrote asking advice about how to respond to parent's concerns. You can read her letter here. The following is one reader's comments.]

In your recent MenTeach newsletter you had a response for a director who had a parent that did not want his child to have contact with an excellent male teacher.

Careful not to slag women

I was reading some of the blogged reaction to the program the other night and was surprised to see the overwhelming audience criticism of the female presenters.

Prejudice against male teachers

by Mike Baker - Schaumburg, IL
I had to laugh in frustration at the recent article by Corinne Hess on why more men don't teach in schools.

I'm a elementary substitute teacher with a master's degree in education, who in 2002 switched from working in the business world for more than 14 years and went back to school to get my degree.

When I entered the program, I was told of the shortage of teachers and especially male teachers at the elementary level.

Some Schools Won't Hire Men

[MenTeach was interviewed for a Newsweek article this fall and there has continued to be comments. Read one below.]

This is a prime example of the gender bias found in education today. There is no shortage in male candidate, yet there is a shortage in male teachers.

I was a candidate once but despite all my efforts, I never found a permanent position. This was not for lack of trying.

Some families are uncomfortable with male teachers - What do you do?

[MenTeach - A director of a program sent the following e-mail and below it is our response. Do you have any additional suggestions?]

I have a family at my center who is very uncomfortable with my preschool excellent male teacher. His postion is that this male teacher can't be left alone with girls because he is a guy.

I already explained to him our rigorous background check process and talked to him about how good of a person and teacher he is. Still, Mom and Dad are not confortable.

Teaching a University Course about Men In Early Education

by Paul Proett - California - USA
[Paul Proett has taught a university course for over ten years.]

We are in are 10th year of doing the 1 unit, Community College ECE class. Now are expanding to two colleges.

We continue to "morph" the class. Many of the issues to the "newer" generation entering the field are different, but the reality of few men teaching remains.

How did you begin teaching?

Read some previous Letters

We've been loading some of the letters from our old website and found them very interesting.

Look them over and tell us what you think.

Go to: Letters and scroll to the bottom of the page to see them.

Is it difficult for a man to get a date working as a teacher?

by Jack Colfax - California, USA
[MenTeach: The opinions expressed in postings on the site do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MenTeach.]

There's no doubt that more male teachers are needed in the United States, and your web site does an excellent job of pointing out many reasons for this. However, as a former teacher (and a male), I would like to shed some light

"Think You Can Teach? A Survival Guide For New Middle School Teachers."

by Leon Avrech
37 years in public middle school education.

A note from the author:

Becoming a teacher

by Peter O'Reilly
The article in Newsweek was great. I have e-mailed you before with some research I have done as a student from Dominican University here in San Rafael, CA. My spring research was formatted as a newletter called the Dominican Habit and talked about teaching professionals and students. I am a returning adult student studying to get a B.A. and then a teaching credential.

A new student

One of our members, Ron Blatz, Executive Director of Discovery Children's Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is the proud grandfather of a new child.

The hand is the child's father and the mother (Ron's daughter) took the photo.

(photo by Kristi Noelle Lepage)

Teaching and coaching in Nebraska

by Heath Johnson
I am the fourth grade teacher here in Bassett. I also Head Coach Football and Assist in Basketball.
 
I got into teaching because my younger brother who is 12 years younger than me, taught me how to love and deal with children. From the first time that I interacted with a group of students at my local preschool I was hooked. Full of wonder and excitement, children make each day new and exciting.

Some school districts are paying bonuses for new teachers.

by Josh Mailhot - North Carolina - formerly Minnesota
[MenTeach: This letter was sent to teachers at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota.]

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that I am teaching down here in the great state of North Carolina! I am teaching 6th grade Language Arts. It is great, I love it. It is a dream come true!!!! I am working in the Windsor County which is a very low income county. It is amazing that these little kids want a gigantic Mid Westerner teaching them! I have never had so many kids ask me if I could be their teacher!

Conversations with Students

by Frances Carlson
I had a REALLY interesting conversation with both a female and a male ECE student yesterday.

The gist of it was the male - who had spent the day in our child development lab - commented that one of the little boys seemed to bond with him immediately.

I asked him why he thought that may have happened.

He said, 'He's never seen one of us in his room!"

The female student then said, "My boss won't hire men. She has a policy against it."

False Allegations Create Nightmare for Male Teacher

by B.J.
I recently read an article you co-authored in Dimensions of Early Childhood entitled Reducing Aggression with Touch. I thought it was a great article.  You even referenced positive touch with young children as including back and should rubs. I wanted to share a horror story of mine with you regarding student touch and allegations against male teachers.

Using the pronoun "he" for teacher

Frances Carlson - Chattahoochee Technical College - GA - USA
I have a male student in a curriculum development class. One of the class assignments was to evaluate a child's portfolio. The child was identified as "Chase" but no teacher name or identity was given.

I was just reading this male's student's evaluation, and throughout his narrative, he referred to the teacher as "he." I've never had this happen! Female students always refer to the teacher as "she" and every male student I've ever had has referred to the teacher as "she." This is a break-through!

New Research - Male Elementary Teachers: Myths and Realities

by Robert Bonner
I have completed a doctoral dissertation entitled Male Elementary Teachers: Myths and Realities. It will be available from Proquest/UMI in the next two or three months. If you want more information, please feel free to contact me.

You can read the Abstract in the FORUM.

Always Dreamed of Being a Teacher

by Dan Sakowski
I came across your website as I was researching how to start my new "second" career in life and that is to FINALLY become an elementary school teacher.

I've always wanted to teach. I've spent my entire adult career teaching adults as a corporate trainer for some large companies in the U.S. and internationally as well.

Be a television Star!

by Gregory Uba
I have a contact with KCET that is looking for family child care providers to be part of a nation-wide early care and education show that has been successful in california... you can nominate a Family Child Care provider from your community, it is no longer limited to california!

I wanted to put it out there to the men first!

The program has welcomed men - CAEYC board member Moises Roman is a featured curriculum expert.

I, Gregory Uba from Beach Cities AEYC, have appeared several times. 

Here's the scoop...

Greetings,

Website in Norway

Hi folks,

In 1993 - together with some kindergarten teacher-friends of mine - we did set up a website:

Men In Childcare (menn i barnehagen).

For many years we were pretty much alone in our field in Europe. Eventually a similar site emerged - in New Zealand - and then in Scotland.

Sadly - The MIBNETT site is no longer working - and I was pleased to find this site!

Hopefully I will be able to provide this site with ideas from my side of the globe - Norway.

Peace,

PBS television show "Man in a Child's Life"

Hello Everyone,

My name is Moises Roman, I work for the PBS affiliate in Los Angeles, KCET.  We are working on two shows for PBS that are a talk show format with an activity segment at the end related to the topic of the day.  This is a daily show that is aimed at informal providers that are at home with young children. The shows are called "A Place of Our Own" and "Los Ninos en Su Casa" the Spanish Version. 
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