From page 219:
" it is the quality of student-teacher rapport that has the greatest effect on boys' achievement"
In reading, Mentoring Boys, I look for gems like the one above which either confirm what I already think I know, or explains something I did not know.
Here are a few more from page 6:
"boys are more fragile than they appear...the are often misread....they fidget, they tap their feet and they look away, which may be interpreted as defiance and arrogance rather than anxiety."
"their active learning patterns may be seen as threatening, their physical forms of bonding are perceived as aggression."
"The teacher kept saying his lack of attention and misbehaviour was stopping him from learning, but no one really understood how to teach him."