By Rachel Pratt
© ChildForum 2017
Boys will be boys, whether influenced by society, by their peers, or by their genetic dispositions. As teachers in a female-dominated profession, unless we have, or are a male teacher, we may miss the mark at times when it comes to boys’ particular needs.
As explained in this article an answer is a balance of recognition and extension of boys’ gender identity, with the need to ensure that boys are exposed to a wide range of curriculum areas and skills that will provide them with a strong foundation for their future education.
Ideas for activities and learning extensions are provided in this article for teachers who are working with 3 – 5 year old boys.
It's okay to ask for ideas for working with boys
Looking out into the playground and seeing two boys running around sword fighting with spades can be a daunting experience for some teachers. Should you stop the play in case one of them hurts the other, or is it important for the boys to develop their gross motor skills and to explore and re-enact their experiences from their wider world?
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