BOYS ARE OFTEN VIEWED AS LESS ACADEMIC THAN GIRLS. IS SCHOOL JUST NOT FOR THEM OR DO THEY SIMPLY LEARN DIFFERENTLY?
It’s a fact that there are physical and cognitive huge impact on the educational experiences of all students in the classroom. There is also growing between boys and girls. Beginning and Establishing Teachers’ Association president and deputy principal Michelle Cubis believes that while teaching boys poses a number of challenges, it also provides classroom teachers with enormous rewards. that males and females engage with teaching and learning,” Michelle says. “Boys are generally more kinesthetic learners and commit to memory through movement. Boys are also naturally inquisitive and need to know how things work.” tend to be competitive and focused on success and at times demonstrate impulsivity, which can be a positive when learning opportunities are presented in short bursts and when the boys are engaged in the learning. There is a belief that boys behave worse than girls in the classroom, but Michelle says this is “Boys tend to demonstrate externalised behaviour or act out, whereas girls can be struggling but will tend to internalise,” Michelle says. “Behaviour achievement. Some boys misbehave because they don’t understand what is required of them and don’t want to identify themselves to the teacher in front of peers for fear of humiliation.” One way that teachers can cater to the needs environment is through the use of outdoor learning. Nature Play education and community engagement coordinator Anya Perkins says all subject areas can be taken outdoors to enhance curriculum learning. “Boys are much more ready to take on new concepts when they are kinesthetically learning in a big-wide space, where they can move and experience their learning,” Anya says. If teachers have an understanding of how boys learn, it means they can adapt their practice to allow boys to experience more success in the classroom.