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Dr. Josh Thompson (he/him)

Professor Early Childhood Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Office Location: EdSouth 204

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: 903-886-5537


Professional Vita

Boys in School

TAEYC 2015 Conference

Boys in school: How do boys learn differently than girls?

And how do schools help boys learn?

Dawn Hallman, Dallas Association for Parent Education

Tim Kinard, Texas State University

Josh Thompson, Texas A&M University–Commerce

 with consulting help from: Denise Collins, University of Texas at Arlington and

Mike Huber, Seward Childcare Center, Minneapolis


Friday, October 23, 2015


Galleon 1, Galveston Convention Center, 1st floor

Tags: Social Emotional #boysSchool

Texas AEYC 2015 Conference PDF

The boys in our schools and classrooms are wired to learn. They, unfortunately, are often not equipped to respond to the confines and restraints of many modern classrooms. What do we - mostly females - need to know about the Boy Code? How does the way we talk with young boys promote their strength, build their courage and confidence, and open their minds to learning - or does the way we speak shut them down, close them out, exclude them from the rules of school? What effective strategies work to reach them, to teach them? How can we better learn to love from working with boys in school?

Deborah Tannen Status and Connection


Brown, Stuart. (2010). Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Avery Trade.

Carlson, Frances. (2009). Expect Male Involvement. Chatahoochee Technical.

Carlson, Frances. (2009). Rough and Tumble Play 101. Childcare Information Exchange.

Childhood Education. (Summer 2010). Men in Early Education, international thematic issue. Association of Childhood Education International.

Christie, Toni. (2014). ChildSpace New Zealand.

DeBenedet, Anthony T., & Cohen, Lawrence J. (2011). The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It. Quirk Books. 

Gatrell, Dan. (2003). The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms. Cengage Learning.

Gerber, Magda. [citation needed, about 'sports announcing']

Goleman, Daniel. (1995). Emotional Intelligence. Bantam.

Gurian, Michael. (1996). Girls and Boys Learn Differently. Tarcher/Putman.  

Healy, Jane. (2000). Failure to Connect. Simon & Schuster.

Huber, Mike. (2014). Redleaf Lane Series. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Lane.

Kinard, T.A. (2014). Emotional Learning and Violent Play: Sword Fighting in Summer School. Early Years 35(2), 20-23.

Kinard, T.A. (2014). Flying over the school: Superhero play, friend or foe? Young Children, 69(2), 16-23.

Kohn, Alfie. (1998). What to Look for in a Classroom. Josey-Bass.

New Zealand Ministry of Education. (). He Whāriki Mātauranga mo ngā Mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early Childhood Curriculum. Wellington, NZ: Learning Media

Pollack, William. (1999). Real Boys: Rescuing our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood. Owl Books. 

Tannen, Deborah. (1999). He Said, She Said: Gender, Language, and Communication. Classroom Media.

Thompson, Josh, & Garretson, Stephen. (2011). Encouraging Men in their Conversations with Children, in Perspectives on Gender in Early Childhood Education (Tamar Jacobson, Ed.), Redleaf Press.

Weidlinger, Tom. (2001). Boys Will Be Men: A Documentary about Growing Up Male in America. Moira Productions.

Young Children. (May 2010). Men in the Lives of Children, thematic issue. NAEYC.

Former iterations
Midlothian Intern Seminar, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
Dallas AEYC, March 2011
DAEYC Saturday Special, April 2012

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