Boys learn by crashing into things. They crash into rules, boundaries and oftentimes … each other. Boys would rather be participants than spectators on any given day. To be more effective, teachers should utilize energy shifts that involve physical movement every 15-20 minutes to keep male brains engaged during instructional time.
Teachers also can increase student involvement by being more physically active themselves. Students tend to be more motivated when their teacher stands next to them during class. Teachers in motion can also monitor student progress more easily and call on students who are having success instead of asking a student who is struggling to share with the class.
Bonus Tip: At birth, boys often have less-sensitive hearing than girls. This is one of the reasons why boys are often very loud when they talk and play. Teachers at Gurian-model schools often use headset mics to amplify their voices when teaching boys. The video below also features an additional strategy for getting better results when giving verbal instructions. Enjoy!