Want to find ways to help boys to learn? Here are the top 5 tips!
Education has its challenges. No matter who it is that you are trying to teach. Engaging and motivating students to encourage them to learn is never easy, and this can be even harder when it comes to boys.
Boys are born with boundless energy and a natural curiosity, whilst this is never something that should be stifled, it can make it tricky for them to focus, particularly when it comes to education. Like many things in life, however, there are ways that you can encourage boys to learn and help them to feel motivated.
Want to find ways to help boys to learn? Here are the top 5 tips from James Goldsmith at 11plustutorsineseex.co.uk that you can try out for yourself, whether you are a teacher or a parent who wants to help their son or student be the best that they can be.
Create a competition
It is entirely natural to be the type of person who loves to compete, and this is particularly true in boys. Why not make learning into a game? Something that they will see as a challenge? This will give them something to aim for, even if it is based as a team rather than individual. Having this aim is much more likely to get them motivated about learning.
Explaining the outcomes
Another way to encourage boys to learn is to ensure that you target their natural curiosity. They want to know why, when and how, so if you explain this to them then there is a much greater chance that they are going to get on board with what they need to learn.
Create a positive connection with school
One thing that can really encourage boys to learn is to paint school in the most positive light possible. Boys may need to develop somewhat of a connection with school in general. They need to understand how the things that they do at school will have an impact on the rest of their life, and realise that not trying their hardest at school can have an impact in the long term.
With so much energy to burn, it comes as no surprise that plenty of boys are prone to a touch of the fidgets during school time. This can hinder their focus and their concentration, which is going to lead to challenges when it comes to learning. You need to encourage boys to shake off those wriggles by getting up and moving during their homework session or during class. It doesn’t have to be anything too exerting, maybe just a painting activity which allows them to move their body.
Have fun from time to time
Whilst this tip of course relates to boys, really it relates to girls too. Children understand that school is a serious place and that they need to take the work there, as well as the work at home seriously. But too much seriousness can have an impact on them in the long run. There is no harm, every so often, bringing a touch of humour to learning. Not only will this relax them, but it will also help them to focus on whatever it is that you are trying to teach.
As you can see, educating boys needn’t be difficult. All you need is to understand the best way to approach it and you should soon see an improvement in their own focus and learning.
James graduated from The University of Sussex in 1996 and completed his P.G.C.E teaching qualification in 1997. Since then, James has worked as both a teacher, examiner and in management across a broad spectrum of the State and Independent Education sectors. He is committed to constantly upgrading his teaching skills and raising standards. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter.