My Pond of Knowledge

A portfolio of classroom learning, both students' and my own personal.

Boys…. there is a difference


I’m a bit passionate about supporting Boys with their learning. There are books, hundreds of books which tell us that boys learn in a different way than girls.

I have a son and a daughter. I work in a classroom. I’ve read the books – but I didn’t really need to to know that it is true.

My son is 10. He has had an “assignment” for a few weeks. The brief is to select an electrical appliance and explain how it works.

Sounds good.

He has had several lessons where he has been able to research on the computers. He has to produce an A3 poster with his research.

Yep, he’s disengaged already.

At school we are submitting our preferences for 2013: teaching year levels.

I love teaching 5 year olds, and it is still my first preference… but I have also asked to work in Middle Primary – because sometimes hands on is best practice, regardless of your age… and especially if you are a boy.

This is a video of my son explaining how the toaster works. I tried to record his first “meeting” with the toaster – it was great to catch his excitement and realisation that he had a great deal of knowledge already – based on experience….. however, my daughter’s iPod had no memory to store the video. 😦 So this is Take 2 – so you can at least get the idea.



Now, we just need to fit it on an A3 poster…..


Author: kellie grady

To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?

5 thoughts on “Boys…. there is a difference

  1. Love yout passion Kellie…oh and it was good to see how a taoster worked too.!!

    • Kirsten, before we got the toaster out and pulled apart he could tell me 3 facts: 1) it uses electricity, 2) you can control the darkness of the bread, 3) it cooks toast.
      I think we now have a bit more meat to put on those bones

  2. Boy or girl – it comes back to Standard 1: Know your students and how they learn! Differentiation in product is what is necessary here! The teacher can still have the same success criteria for the deep understanding and/or knowledge but could have differentiated the demonstration of it! (sigh)

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