Problems of boys in lab

Q. Thanks for the suggestion to put girls with girls in lab, I’ve tried that, but then the boys who are working together do the lab, but never take notes and so their lab reports are not good. What now? A. Boys will blame you for their inability to complete their lab reports (because you … Read more

Girls in science lab

Q. The girls in my Chemistry class do very well on the tests, but don’t seem to have much interest in the lab exercises. Do you have any suggestions? A. A study on girls in physics class pointed out that when girls are partnered with other girls, they do better in a science class. If … Read more

Test Anxiety

Q. Several of the girls in my math class say that they don’t “test well.” They all do well on homework and work in class as long as it is not timed, but the minute that the word test is mentioned, they panic. Why is this a problem for the girls in my class? A. … Read more

Participation Trophies

Q. My son has been playing little league baseball and he really enjoys playing even though his team doesn’t win a lot of games. In the recent tournament at the end of the season, everyone on his team received participation trophies. I found his in the trash the other day. What is with that? A. … Read more

Disciplining boys

Q. I have such a hard time disciplining my boy. I try to get him to see that his behavior hurts other people, but that does not seem to get him to want to be better. What can I do? A. Boys require structure in their lives. All they need to know is whether a … Read more

Attention and TV

Q. When my son comes home from school, he gets plugged into the computer playing games or watching TV. His school says that he can’t pay attention in class and I don’t understand why if he can pay attention at home and not at school. A. There is evidence that the longer children, particularly boys, … Read more

Night vision

Q. Who sees better in the dark? Boys or girls? A. I’m sorry that there really isn’t a definitive answer mainly because the research done in this area doesn’t look specifically at gender differences in night vision. As far as differences in eyes go, we know that more males are subject to color blindness, or … Read more

Why do boys look away?

Q. One thing that bothers me about some of the boys in my middle school classes is that when I ask them a question, they don’t look at me when they answer. I think that they would give more focused answers if they were paying closer attention to me. I said this to one of … Read more

Wiggly boys

Q. I teach 4th grade. Several of the boys in my class can’t seem to sit quietly in their seats when they are working. They are on task and paying attention, but they fidget a lot and bother other students. Is there anything I can do? A. Give them something to manipulate. Research is clear … Read more