Elementary Education and Gender: Do Boys and Girls Learn Differently?

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Boys and girls learn differently, this is something everyone is an elementary school classroom and everyone who plans on teaching knows that. Teachers strive to help their students in any way possible and current research indicates that this should include accommodating for the gender of your student. According to Ponitz et al. (2009), “…the first 2 years of elementary school have been characterized as a ‘critical period’ in early development.” The first few years of elementary school is when children start developing ideas of what school is, that is why this paper focuses on gender differences in elementary school children. This paper will be broken into several sections general learning, physical/cognitive, social, reading,
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Additionally, it takes boys longer to adjust to a new classroom, especially in the first grade, and specifically when it comes to following directions and working independently. (Ponitz, Rimm-Kaufman, Brock, & Nathanson, 2009)
Sullivan et al. (2012) found that girls and boys show similarly amounts of aggressive, but girls are more relational (social) about it and boys are more overt (obvious and outright). Agreeing with Sullivan et al. (2012), Logan et al. (2009, 2010) and Ponitz et al. (2009) found that boys are more frequently caught being aggressive or disruptive. Also, boys are four times less likely to do their homework and five times more likely to be classified as hyperactive. (Logan & Johnston, 2009) (Ricks, 2011) Lack of homework added to the hyperactivity, and the above mentioned disruptive behaviors, boys are scolded more frequently in the classroom giving them a negative connotation to the entire school experience. (Logan & Johnston, 2009) (Ricks, 2011) (Ponitz, Rimm-Kaufman, Brock, & Nathanson, 2009) Statistics provided by Logan et al. (2009) and later Ricks (2011) show that 71% of school suspensions and 90% of disciplinary actions are due to infractions by boys. Ricks (2011) found some ways to avoid discipline in her classroom is to work with the nature of boys, let boys be

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