At a primary school Manning, a small town 65 miles east of Columbia, South Carolina, second grade teachers Holly Garneau and Anna Lynne Gamble are convinced that segregating elementary-age boys and girls produces immediate academic improvement—in both genders.

Eager to capitalize on their past progress, the two created a teaching plan for the upcoming semester. The kids will be in a coed environment for homeroom, lunch, and recess, then divide up for four hours each day to learn their math, science, reading and social studies. But first, Garneau and Gamble need the parents’ approval. That’s where David Chadwell, South Carolina’s coordinator of single gender education, comes in.

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Comment by JoNelle on December 21, 2008 at 8:24am
Thank you for this post. I am K-5 Technology Specialist for my school in upstate South Carolina. With the help of David Chadwell and his extensive work, my Media Specialist and I are planning 5th grade single gender classes for technology and media next semester. Students will be coed for all other classes. We will have one group of boys, one group of girls and one coed for each of the technology classes and the media classes.

Research, communication, and applying technology tools in learning are are included in our plans. Technology/Media will use, but not be limited to: SMARTBoards, Senteo voting devices, videoconferencing, Wikispaces, Scratch, Voicethread, and digital storytelling.


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