ROUNDED LESSONS WITH BOY-FRIENDLY APPROACHES
Some lessons are just not made to reach boys but instead lacking the support that the boys need to learn. Some lesson only show group discussion, individual discussion, reflection and projects that only involves writing a sentence. Boy like; the role play of using an hammer and nail. Some teacher don’t encourage an active classroom environment or use a guide on the side mentality to help boys collaboration and creativity for emotional development and so these elements were lacking in recent video record with boys learning only cognitive works with them not being allowed to use their imagination even after reading.
Teaching boys is an incredibly rewarding experience. There is nothing better than the feeling that comes when we make a connection with our students and see them shine. Meeting the specific teaching and learning need of boys means setting them up for success and nurturing their self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience. Not to be bias, but teaching to both boys and girls at the same time takes secret formula called “The Focus All Around” meaning when each child enters the classroom, after settling down , each child would know what to expect and how to get it done based on the part each gender should take in each lesson. Example; Let the females add the color and decoration while the males cut the layouts draw the frame and nail it to the wall for mounting, the females can always prepare the tapes. Using the boy-friendly approaches in the lesson is called integration for the boys where each boy is not left behind creating their own. Provide teacher support for sensitive boys, seeking guidance from the school councilor if necessary; include mindfulness activities to help students to regulate their emotions; Incorporate physical activity and regular brain breaks into lessons; allow students to choose their own writing topics, research subjects and reading material ( including comics, magazines, and graphic novel); Build in some healthy competition through activities such as debating goal-based learning experiences and games; Include project-based learning in your programming; support writing by using non- verbal planning tools such graphic organizers and storyboard; increase the use of graphics, images and technology; involve and engage boys in the learning process by allowing them to have input share ideas and set their own goals and swap a worksheet for a hand-on, kinesthetic or STEM learning experience. Example of using good boy friendly learning approaches is below;