BOYS ARE OF­TEN VIEWED AS LESS ACA­DEMIC THAN GIRLS. IS SCHOOL JUST NOT FOR THEM OR DO THEY SIM­PLY LEARN DIF­FER­ENTLY?

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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.

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