What is the most effective way to teach boys?

Recent research among over 200,000 UK children suggests that in some parts of the country and in some subject areas boys no longer read at a lower level of difficulty than girls.


The “What Kids are Reading” study from Dundee University’s Prof Keith Topping analyses at what level of difficulty children are reading when they read for pleasure and it found that quite often boys are reading tougher books than girls.

The Dundee research doesn’t explain why some boys are moving towards ever harder books, but other research has found that, by using visual, kinaesthetic and competitive activities in the classroom with primary aged boys, their motivation and engagement increases significantly.

As a result of these two sets of findings we have produced a book of ideas for teaching primary school boys which contains over 170 practical ideas and strategies to maximize the potential of boys.

The book includes information on how to integrate visual and kinaesthetic activities into your lessons and harness boys’ natural competitiveness to good effect.

It also shows how to provide opportunities to enable boys to re-focus, process and re-energize, use teamwork to engage their learning and promote higher-order thinking skills.

As a result of these activities, we believe that you will find that boys will more readily engage in their learning and will be keener to participate.  This will result in a reduction in behaviour problems allowing more time to be spent teaching and learning.

A list of contents and free sample pages
are available on our website. Why not try a QUESTION TRAIL?

Hide a number of questions around a location (hall, playground, classroom, etc). Pupils must locate the numbered questions and answer them in the correct place on the sheet within a given time limit. Differentiate by providing different colours, fonts and symbols of questions for different groups. Each group must answer its own set of questions within a time limit.

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