I love the years/ages when kids are excited to go to school. The younger ones get up every day pumped to get to school. They can’t wait for the bus. Can’t wait to get there. It’s not WORK for them. It’s exciting. They get to do things and learn things. Kids understand on a subconscious level that it’s better to be active and have things to do, than to not. If they had to stay home all day, what would they do?
These days, I tend to never have a second to sit down and do nothing. But I should count my blessings! I’ve got things to do!
Many times I have bemoaned the fact that I’m so busy. I think – “I’d be so much happier if I had a lazy day to do just nothing. I’ll lay around all day.” But if I think back on some days in the past where I actually DID do nothing all day, I think I felt even lousier at the end of those days than any other. I wasn’t satisfied. I just felt kind of numb. I don’t want to be numb.
I want to be energized with life and challenges. I think I know how the kids feel. I WANT to go to school today. If I’m not teaching, or learning, or challenging myself or others I’m just going to be numb. And that’s no FUN!
If you are a teacher, educator or parent, you know there is a big difference between boys and girls (beyond the obvious grass stains). You know that boys deal with problems, handle stresses, deal with boredom, deal with friendships, deal with authority all differently.
I want to be up front about the fact that I enjoy teaching girls in my class – that’s obvious. Most teachers will tell you that the girls in their class are fairly well behaved (elementary grades). They sit still, do their work, and their handwriting is so nice!
I’ll contend that school is a place where a girl (for the most part – there’s always exceptions to the general rule) will do well. The sit and be nice model works for the way a girl handles life (Brain Rules – Medina).
Boys don’t sit still as well. They are wild and crazy. They have too much energy. They want to hit a problem with their actual head, rather than try and solve it with their mind.
But boys are awesome too. They are fearless and boundless. They don’t have the problems socially with cliques so early on like girls sometimes do. And they are enthusiastic when they are interested. So INTEREST THEM.
Do something to engage the boys in your class. Do something messy. You’ll both thank me for it (and you won’t have to wrangle Johnny into his seat for the thousandth time that day).