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Posted on April 2, 2015 4:31 pm
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Akeyla Peele
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Boys Will Be Boys
There must have been a baby boom of boys a few years ago! Our fourth grade classes are majority boys. In my class, I have 7 girls and 18 boys. This dynamic has been difficult to balance. I have noticed the boys are very talkative and playful (sometimes very disruptive). How can I tailor my plans to appease the boys as well as the girls interest? What are some daily techniques I can try to get the boys more focused and less playful?
 
     
     
 
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Posted September 28, 2015 6:37 pm

Autumn Carroll
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Yes, this is common with classrooms that are majority boys. I think one great way to reduce the energy level of your class is by doing a morning activity that requires movement like dancing. When planning activities schedule time for a break so that your students can move around. I find that the boys often have trouble sitting still, and this is great way to help them.
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eWeHaz
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This is a great solution and one I would also suggest. The only thing I might add is a possible rearrangement of your classroom to facilitate less chatter and more eyes on you during instruction. There are many variations of desk and classroom arrangement that have huge impacts on classroom management.
  Posted on: October 1, 2015 3:02 am

meXyHy
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This is something I also plan on having my students do before class in the morning and after lunch. Great idea!
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 9:03 pm

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Solution 2
Posted September 28, 2015 10:52 pm

WuGusa
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Making the classroom more interactive to help those active personalities get more from there learning experience. Both Male and female like lessons that are interactive and that should help everyone in the classroom meld together and make the classroom less difficult and more balanced.
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Posted October 1, 2015 10:07 pm

zemyRy
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A behavioral plan for an activity based reward would also help the students focus during lesson times. Also alternating get up and move activities with sit down and work activities can also reduce restlessness from sitting all day long. An example of this may be to incorporate a movement video that incorporate math. there are many educational videos that incorporate movement with a lesson. This would only take about 3 minutes, followed by some low volume calming music. The reward can be to earn a fun outdoor activity at the end of the week.
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Posted October 13, 2015 5:17 pm

Sarah Drake
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I teach ELA in middle school, and some of my classes of 30+ students are 2/3 boys. As a result, I try to incorporate movement in every class, even if it is having students vote by standing or sitting. In addition, I have a row of desks at the back of the class to allow students to stand so they can squirm around without disrupting others.
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nydyra
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Allowing students to stand sounds like a productive technique.
  Posted on: October 17, 2015 9:05 am

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Posted October 9, 2016 8:53 pm

upyRyX
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One thing that I noticed in a classroom I was volunteering with is the use of swivel seating, this helped the students fidget while learning.
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Posted February 24, 2016 4:20 pm

taMaSe
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When working with boys, I see how active and energetic they are. I suggest integrating movement and engaging activities into your lessons. Play games, do hands-on activities, get them moving, have them dance. Of course try to relate these things to the material so that they can learn while having fun.
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Posted October 6, 2018 5:14 am

yNeruj
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I would attempt to create lessons that give the students more choices in their education. For example, using reading logs that allow students to choose what book they read. That way, everyone gets pick a topic that interests them and everyone can discuss their books with others who share similar interests. I also like the idea from other posts that mention incorporating motion activities in the day.
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Solution 8
Posted March 4, 2016 5:18 pm

teVaGu
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Standing desks, integrating movement, and researching classroom arrangement are all great strategies. I'd add a technique that my own 4th grade teacher used as well: the silent minute. Integrating movement is fabulous, but what about when you are trying to read a chapter to the class, or when you need them to focus on a video? My teacher had her read aloud time right after we came in from lunch and recess, so we would be all worked up and crazy. Her management technique was to have us all sit down on the floor, in our places for read aloud, and she would say cue us by holding up her hand and looking at her watch. We knew what this meant: it meant that we were to sit silently and raise our hands when we thought a minute's time had passed. She'd keep her hand up for anywhere from a minute and a half to 3 or 5 minutes, depending on our rowdiness. At the end she'd tell us who was the closest guesser. That was it! There were no rewards other than the pride of being the closest guesser, and voila, we were settled down and ready to listen.
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Posted February 28, 2017 4:05 am

XequMa
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I do agree with posts above that mentioned having an activity where students will be able to move around--whether it pertains to the lesson or it is an incentive (like a Go Noodle video) for staying on task during the lesson.
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Solution 10
Posted October 3, 2017 12:50 am

uzebyn
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Teaching in chunks and giving breaks to stand up and refocus help this area. I have also made this type of class setting a more hands on learning environment to keep them busy.
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