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Impacting on the focus of males in the classroom (and females too)

Title: Impacting on the focus of males in the classroom (and females too)
Focus: Teaching strategies to increase boys focus and engagement from the start to the end of the lesson
Strategies: Starters and plenaries
Further reading: Gary Wilson – Breaking Through Barriers to Boys’ Achievement: Developing a Caring Masculinity

As many of you know; boys are underperforming nationally against girls and our school is no different, but what you may not know is that boys’ genetics are contributing to them doing so. They’re made to mature later in life and their fine motor skills, I.e. writing, takes considerably longer to develop, so complaints that their hands hurt when they write may actually be true. There are many other barriers that boys face in education and the strategies that will help them overcome these barriers will also help girls to achieve too, a win-win situation.

The biggest barriers that some girls face in the classroom are the boys themselves and how they react, distract and …