Teachers should explicitly teach students that academic abilities are expandable and improvable in order to enhance girls’ beliefs about their abilities.
Teachers should provide students with prescriptive, informational feedback regarding their performance.
Teachers should expose girls to female role models who have achieved in math or science in order to promote positive beliefs regarding women’s abilities in math and science.
Teachers can foster girls’ long-term interest in math and science by choosing activities connecting math and science activities to careers in ways that do not reinforce existing gender stereotypes and choosing activities that spark initial curiosity about math and science content.
Teachers should provide opportunities for students to engage in spatial skills training.
This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Optimal Solutions Group under contract ED-05-CO-0026.