I’ve been seeing quite a bit about issues for boys in school. One piece I read asked “what is your ideal student? Did you describe a girl?” I was kind of surprised to realize that, typically, an ideal student is one who is quiet, compliant, raises their hand politely, etc.
this pretty much describes our female students.
Many of the boys in my classes are very bright. However, the behavioral expectation for them is to sit quietly and let the expert in the room (the teacher) provide them with knowledge. Now, that’s not my usual teaching style, but lately, that’s what the curriculum our school district is using dictates. I try to have students discuss with their group at times, but overall, the textbook requires me to be up in front, explaining the content. Since I’ve been told to follow this curriculum “with fidelity”, I can only modify occasionally.
All of this got me thinking: would it be helpful for students (boys in particular, but girls are also antsy at times) to have treadmills, exercise bikes, etc in the classroom. My husband pointed out that we got a new treadmill, so we have an old one in the basement that could be taken to school. I’m wondering if this would be a good idea, or if it could lead to trouble down the line. The noise of a treadmill might make it difficult for students to hear the lesson. Students might fight over who’s turn it is to use it. Might they also get so involved in their “workout” that they forget to pay attention?
I don’t have a solid opinion about this, but it seems like a question woth asking. What are we doing to make school “work” for our boys?