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A hallmark of boys’ single gender education is relational learning. This is the important relationship between teacher and learner that maximizes a learner’s personal growth, as well as his academic achievement.  At St. Aloysius Academy, our approach to working with boys is one of nurturing. The art of teaching with a nurturing stance goes beyond instruction to a more intentional practice of helping a boy to grow and develop as a person. It is about accepting a boy where he is and engaging him to thrive and reach his personal best. This includes fostering the concept of a growth mindset in students, a mindset that fosters a “not yet” cognitive disposition when it comes to acquiring skills and learning concepts.

The all-boys environment provides a learning space that is free from the constraints of gender stereotypes that often influence a co-ed setting. There is greater opportunity to thrive and excel in many diverse areas of curriculum. It is a place where boys are encouraged to be themselves!

Additional Resources

Mindset – The New Psychology of Success (2016). Dweck, C. (New York: Ballantine Books)

Raising Boys by Design – What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal about What Your Son Needs to Know (2011). Jantz, G & Gurian, M. (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press)

Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School – Strategies that Turn Underachievers into Successful Learners (2011). Cleveland, K. (Alexandria: ASCD)

 Wild Things – The Art of Nurturing Boys (2009). James, S. & Thomas, D. (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale)

Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys (2010). Reichert, M. & Hawley, R. (San Francisco: Jossey Bass)

The Minds of Boys (2005). Gurian, M. & Stevens, K. (San Francisco: Jossey Bass)

Why Choose a Single Sex School – The Benefits of Single Sex Education. Jagodowski, S.

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