Planning for 2014 - Meeting the challenge of boys and engagement in learning!

posted Nov 7, 2013, 5:39 PM by Nicky Ryan
Kia ora to you all

Many NZ schools are faced with a challenge in our changing learning to keep boys engaged in learning when informal learning outside of school is now moving away from how traditional schools have operated.
Even Weston is faced with the challenge of looking at school data and noticing that our boys and girls are equally matched in reading and maths but the trend dips when we move to writing. There would be three times as many boys who are below in writing as girls.

There is no doubt that boys and girls learn differently and we need to be aware of the personalised needs that suit each learner. Boys will be a focus in 2014, hence our interest in Science and ICT. Boys are quick to work out the gadgetry and have a big interest in gaming rather than the social networking aspects that appeal to girls. This does carry an over all gernalisation but there are senior teachers who are investigating the merits of gaming this year for boys especially minecraft.

See what you think of this story I first looked at back in August:

I like thinking about the other issues at play at the end of the article. It is easy to sit in an ivory tower, call for more males in teaching or sport. However, we have to work with what we have and explore all sorts of options for our boys to keep them engaged in the learning process.

Have a think...what do you know about your boys and their learning? What excites your son/s about school? What don't they like and why? We wish to explore other learning opportunities for our boys in 2014 and also wish to involve parents in goal setting and moving forward as a part of our work with the Learning Change Network. 

We will have a community meeting early in 2014 regarding this learning issue, meanwhile you can email me any of your thoughts to - you might like to check out the websites below - of course we are NZ focussed but our cousins over the ditch do have some good resources and sound ideas.

Nga mihi