[MenTeach] E-News - December 2009

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MenTeach E-News
December 2009

1) Boys look to male teachers for guidance
2) Another man teaching even younger children in Vietnam
3) 4th Men in Early Childhood Education Summit 2010 in New Zealand
4) Would you hire a male nanny? [Correction]
5) Students doing research: Title IX and men in teaching
6) Can men really work with toddlers?
7) Men - please complete the survey and questionnaire
8) What Do Teachers Think about Men in the Lives of Children?
9) Ideas for Workshop?
10) Resources - Financial support - find money to go to be a teacher

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1) Boys look to male teachers for guidance
Four years ago, Principal Duncan Smith noticed a sizable percentage of the male students at Frankford Elementary School were having discipline problems. The boys who were continually sent to his office shared one characteristic, he said. They were often from "broken homes" with no male role model. Now, with six male faculty members and a mentoring program dedicated to teaching life skills to boys on the cusp of puberty, Smith said much of the destructive behavior that plagued his students has disappeared. Read the rest of the story: http://www.menteach.org/node/1209 

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2) Another man teaching even younger children in Vietnam
If you visit Duc Tho town's nursery school you might see a man carefully spoon-feeding children and covering them with blankets. He is Luong Xuan Phong, believed to be the only male nursery school teacher in Vietnam. Phong did not choose the career. He was trained instead as a musician.  After the training course, he ended up in Military Zone No 4. However, soon he had to move to another group after the ensemble decided that it no longer needed him. Read the rest of his story: http://www.menteach.org/node/1211 

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3) 4th Men in Early Childhood Education Summit 2010 in New Zealand
This is your opportunity to be part of something extraordinary - a national gathering of men who are working and studying in early childhood education. Come along and meet other men who are involved in this exceptional work, contribute your own stories and be inspired. Find out the dates and location: http://www.menteach.org/node/1212 

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4) Would you hire a male nanny? [We had an incorrect link last month]
They can cook dinner. They can give hugs. And they can play baseball. Who says men can't be nannies? Kris Pohl is the first man to make it to the finals of England's Professional Nanny of the Year competition. Read his story: http://www.menteach.org/node/1196 

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5) Students doing research: Title IX and men in teaching
Hello everyone, I am in the process of writing a signature assignment for the masters program I am in. The topic that I have chosen to write about is Title IX. My particular interest is in the area of men in education. Read his questions and send him your answers: http://www.menteach.org/node/1215 

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6) Can men really work with toddlers?
Hardly any men work as early years carers, and more are wanted. But can they cope with the glitter, paint and mashed potato? 

Apparently, I didn't miss a food fight. This is just what lunch for a group of two and three-year-olds is like. Peas and things, strewn across the floor. Matter everywhere, which may be potato. The kids look well-fed and content, so a fair amount of it must have gone inside, too. They must use very big bowls.

Read the rest of the rest of the story: http://www.menteach.org/node/1222 

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7) Men - please complete the survey and questionnaire
Hello gentlemen! My name is Tyrone Colston and I a senior in college working on my thesis. My topic is Men in the Early Childhood Education field. I am including a survey as well as a detailed questionnaire. See his survey questions: http://www.menteach.org/node/1207 
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8) What Do Teachers Think about Men in the Lives of Children?
You are invited to participate in a survey of early childhood teachers asking you about your experience and attitudes regarding men in the lives of their children. Results of this research survey will be used in a research article about communication with men about their children. Your anonymous replies will be kept confidential and only the researchers (Josh Thompson and Stephen Garretson) will have access to the compiled results. : http://www.menteach.org/node/1218 

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9) Ideas for workshops?
A professor was considering offering a workshop this summer and wanted your feedback: I am designing a summer workshop. The working title is 'Supporting Males in Schools: Students, Teachers/Administrators, Fathers.' The workshop will be over a period of days for a total of 11 clock hours plus an assignment; resulting in a one hour college credit. I want to know if anyone has some ideas about specific assignments that would be USEFUL to the participants. Leave a comment for her: http://www.menteach.org/node/1213 

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10) Resources - Financial Resources
This link will provide places and programs to find financial support to go to school. Be certain to check out The New Teacher Project: http://www.menteach.org/node/35 

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