Saturday, March 17, 2012

Engaging Boys....

I am a mother of two very active, very awesome BOYS... Having grown up surrounded by sisters, I was at a loss of how to be a mother to first.  I used to be a little bit prissy girly when I was in my twenties and was expecting a life of tea parties and cute bows.  Guess what?Didn't happen.  Instead I have had a life full of batman, star wars, legos, soccer, football, basketball and really bad tv shows!  And I wouldn't trade it for the world....

My sons have taught me a lot about how to work with the boys in my classroom...especially as they grow older.

Recently I came across an article that I use to reflect and ensure that I am actively reaching my boys in class. (And yes, I also have one for girls - another post!)  So I'd like to share from.....

10 Essential Strategies for Teaching Boys Effectively
by Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens

I made a page that you can down load and clip into your plan book that highlights the eight strategies that you can implement in your classroom.  The other two strategies include providing mentors for our boys in schools and having counselors provide social skills training for sensitive boys as well as special education students.
To get your free copy click here .

Hope you enjoy it! 


  1. I love this article. The only thing I wasn't sure about was having all-boy or all-girl discussion groups. I've never done that. Does it really work? I'll have to try it out.

  2. I am a mom of 3 boys and can relate to everything you said! I still sometimes wish for boys but alas it will never happen. These are great tips for engaging boys! I also use lots of songs and movements. Things they can build or construct.

    Boy only/girl only discussion work really well as they can relate more to each other you just have to be careful to ensure they stay on topic. It can easily switch from topic to body functions or shoes. LOL!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  3. Yup...agreed! But I have had MORE success when they work with same sex groups in the upper grades....especially in the spring when the love bug hits!