1) Pro football player spending the lockout as a substitute teacher
2) Council of European Union Recommends Increasing the Percentage of Male Teachers
3) New JOURNAL OF MEN’S STUDIES – Men and Teaching: Good Intentions and Productive Tensions.
4) Men in Early Childhood Education Report from Manitoba Canada
5) Do you need a job teaching? Hiring male teacher
6) Middle-Class African-American Male Teachers Teaching
7) Students wants to know whether male teachers should get bonuses
8) Male Teachers in Malta
9) New Book about Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play
10) Call him Larry Poppins

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1) Pro football player spending the lockout as a substitute teacher
While some NFL players are spending the enforced offseason in workouts with their teammates and others (like Minnesota’s Ray Edwards(notes) and Baltimore’s Tom Zbikowski(notes)) are spending it in the boxing ring, third-year safety David Bruton(notes) of the Denver Broncos has set himself on a different path — he’s spending the lockout as a substitute teacher at his old high school in Ohio, teaching social studies and credit recovery (yes, they have those classes for teenagers now) for the not-so princely sum of $90 per day. Read the rest of the story: /node/1694

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2) Council of European Union Recommends Increasing the Percentage of Male Teachers
MenTeach: The Council of European Union’s conclusions on early childhood education and care: providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow. Read the statement: /node/1697

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3) New JOURNAL OF MEN’S STUDIES – Men and Teaching: Good Intentions and Productive Tensions.
If you are a man and you walk into any elementary school classroom the children are very interested and excited about who you are. They ask questions, like, “who’s daddy are you?” or “why do you have a beard?” They are curious and want to know more about you. This curiosity arises partly from the rarity of the presence of men teachers1 in elementary schools. The low numbers of men teachers, and the habitual absence of a critical examination of the complexity of gender and education is partly what this special issue aims to address. We, too, have been curious about men teaching and have devoted our careers to education and to understanding the role that gender plays in educating children. As guest co-editors of this special issue on Men and Teaching, we hope to advance the discussions about the implications, contradictions, fears, frustra- tions, joys, and possibilities of men teaching. We want to know what effect having a man teacher in the classroom has, particularly for younger children. We want to tease apart the details of the related research and begin to examine the lives of men teachers. Our commitment to examining men in teaching is, however, ultimately about ensuring our gender analysis can foster better education for all students. Find out more about the Journal: /node/1713

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4) Men in Early Childhood Education Report from Manitoba Canada
Yesterday marked the date of our last MECE meeting for this school year. Adam Manicom (my partner in leading this group) and I were thrilled to host the meeting of a small but enthusiastic group. 7 men and 2 women attended.  One of the guys was a first timer and lives about 2 hours out of the city. BRAVO to him for making the trip. It was great to hear his story. The 2 ladies were from the neighbouring province (one lives 7 hours away by car and the other a 14 hour drive away). They happen to be in Winnipeg for a conference so we were so happy to have them with us. Read the report: /node/1702

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5) Do you need a job teaching? Hiring male teacher
I am an Elementary School teacher at a charter school in Newark, NJ. We have a significant population of male students who are in need of quality male teacher/role models. We are currently recruiting K-5 certified teachers for the 2011-2012 school year. Find the contact information: /node/1703

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6) Middle-Class African-American Male Teachers Teaching
I am searching for participants for a research project focused on the experience of African-American men teaching in urban schools with a large population of African-American students from a low-income socioeconomic background. Involvement includes completion of short questionnaire and a face-to-face interview or virtual interview via Skype which will take approximately 60 minutes. If you know any teachers who might be a fit, kindly forward this email to them.  Willing participants need only to follow the link below to complete the questionnaire. See the survey and read the abstract: /node/1704

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7) Students wants to know whether male teachers should get bonuses
[MenTeach: We receive numerous inquiries from students that have assignments for their classes. Here is one example that asks an interesting question. What do you think? I’ve included my reply.]

Hi there, I am working on an assignment for a class where I have to argue that it is undemocratic to use extreme measures such as paying them more, in order to attract more male teachers. I was wondering what your organizations thoughts on this matter are. Do you think male teachers should be paid more or perhaps given a bonus?  Why or Why not? Go to website to see our response: /node/1705

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8) Male Teachers in Malta
Male teachers are already a rarity in Maltese primary schools, statistics issued by the Ministry of Education show. Fifteen of Malta’s primary schools are entirely staffed by female teachers, with statistics showing that 650 of 790 primary school teachers are female. The situation is more balanced in the secondary level were there are 785 male teachers and 1,167 female teachers. Statistics published by MaltaToday last month had also shown that 81% of prospective teachers following a Bachelor in Education course were women. This could be an indication that the decline in the number of male teachers is set to continue in the next years as more male teachers retire and female graduates take their place. Read the article: /node/1710

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9) New Book about Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play
“Big body play”– the sometimes rowdy, always very physical running, rolling, climbing, tagging, jumping, grabbing, and wrestling that most children love and many adults try to shut down–can and should be an integral part of every early childhood setting. Drawing from evidence-based practice and the latest research, this book explains the multitude of benefits of big body play for young children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Also learn how to organize the physical environment, set rules and policies, and supervise the play. Find out more about the book: /node/1711

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10) Call him Larry Poppins
Male nannies give a traditional child-care role a modern makeover. Say hello to the “manny.” Over the years, Sam Smith of Edina has had four different nannies: two female and two male. All other things being equal, the 10-year-old admitted that he’d rather have a guy. Sam didn’t say that just because his current nanny, 19-year-old Jared Monsebroten, was sitting right across the family-room table, on the other side of a neat stack of multiplication flash cards. His main female nannies have been nice, he said, but not particularly active; at times he found himself “sitting there listening to them talk about their life.” And one young woman, who substituted for his regular nanny during one “awful” week, actually forbade him from going outside or playing video games. “She made me read all day,” Sam said. Read the entire article: /node/1701

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