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The authors are very clear in their stance that the "one size fits all" model of school is no longer working for lots of students, particularly boys . . . It's a scary time out there for education, and yet, Helping Boys Succeed in School gave me some hope that there are things we can do to turn the tides for our boys. --Kara Thompson, A Mom's View of ADHD

About the Author

National education leaders, Rich Weinfeld and Terry Neu, Ph.D., know firsthand that boys need special attention, accommodations, and advocacy in order to succeed in school. The authors delve into the causes and solutions to the problems boys face in school. Weinfeld was instrumental in coordinating the Montgomery County, MD, gifted and learning disabled program, which served many boys who were failing in their previous school experiences and provided these boys with the tools and confidence they needed to succeed. Neu, who currently serves as an assistant professor of education at Sacred Heart University, previously served as the coordinator of Project High Hopes, which pairs students with learning disabilities with mentors. Both authors are the fathers, coaches, and teachers of boys.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593631987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593631987
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KCT on December 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Helping Boys Succeed in School" is a guidebook for helping boys in the classroom and in life. Neu and Weinfeld provide a plan with specific strategies and tools teachers and parents can use to help boost boys' reading and writing skills. I have read this and learned things to use with my own boys and in the classroom, as a teacher. This book has added to my repertoire of tricks I use to help my boys succeed in reading and writing.

Neu and Weinfeld show how improving reading and writing skills helps boost a boy's self esteem which carries over to other subjects in school and extra curricular activities. They explain how the current push on reading and writing has negatively effected boys in the classroom and how to make this push a positive, successful experience. Coaches, mentors, multi sensory activities, karate or football, writing about what the boy is obsessed with, using movies, drama, assistive technology, and audio books are a handful of things Neu and Weinfeld touch upon. These ideas work.

There is a chapter on alternative education ideas for when the typical school classroom does not work. In this chapter there is a checklist with Q and A parents can use to devise a successful school model for their children.

Each chapter concludes with comprehensive lists to help you use what you have read - from strategies to help your boy succeed in the classroom to a table reviewing the most common sports for boys in the US which includes things like "physical demands, skill requirements, equipment costs, level of motivation for success etc." This book has given me insight into the importance of mentors and coaches and what to look for in each for the future.

Neu and Weinfeld talk about the "Cracking the Boy Code" which looks at gender stereotypes and how those affect boys. Informative.

A book I will refer to throughout my children's education.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pax Romana on December 14, 2009
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Dr. William Pollack(2000) offers tips for listening:
* Honor a boy's need for "timed silence," to choose when to talk.
* Find a safe place, a "shame-free zone."
* Connect through activity or play. Many boys express their deepest experience
through "action talk."
* Avoid teasing and shaming.
* Make brief statements and wait; do not lecture.
* Share your own experiences (if relevant). It lets your boy know he is not alone
with issues.
* Be quiet and really listen with complete attention.
* Convey how much you admire and care about and love the boy.
* Give boys regular, undivided attention and listening space.
* Don't prematurely push him to be "independent."
* Encourage the expression of a full and wide range of emotions.
* Let him know that real men do cry and speak.
* Express your love as openly as you might with a girl.
* When you see aggressive or angry behavior, look for the pain behind it

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Danielle B. on February 10, 2007
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As a parent of a 4-year old pre-kindergartner, this book already resonates with many excellent examples to understand how boys learn best, as well as practical advice for helping boys achieve success in school. Even within the pre-K environment, I've seen several examples of education that caters to girls and discounts the strengths of boys as outlined in the book. This is an excellent guide for parents to clue into the types of education that support learning for boys, as well as what to look for in school curriculums and ways to spot teaching philosophies that will either inhibit or support the education of boys. This book grabbed me with Chapter 1 and I will recommend this to any parent of a boy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. Prueter on February 7, 2007
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As an educator of 27 years and a Ph.D. student, I read Helping Boys Succeed in School with rapt attention. The practical nature of the book impressed me, and I believe it will prove to be very useful for parents and educators. The vignettes in the book brought me to both laughter and tears. Ideas on channeling boys' interests made me reflect upon creative projects my students have done, while at the same time challenging me to make even the tedious aspects of the curriculum more engaging. I have purchased 11 copies of the book and shared them with parents, who are also praising Helping Boys Succeed in School.

Linda R. Prueter
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Information Junkie on December 3, 2007
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This book is very well written and deftly handles the positioning of the subject matter. I have a son who started Kindergarten this year and was miserable. This book gave me a lot of perspective on the situation and led me to take a series of productive steps, and made me acutely aware of how critical it is to address negative situations as early as possible - with a clear plan to address the specific problems. In addition, this book has led to many beneficial conversations with close friends about the challenges they are facing with their sons in school.
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