The environment of society, media, family and friends teaches boys and girls how to think
and behave. For example, we teach girls to like cute things, play with dolls or learn
domestic care. We teach boys to be strong, challenge things and play with insects etc.
Some differences appear to be hard-wired into our brains from birth. Differences between
boys and girls affects their learning styles.

Young boys often find their identity through competition and comparison with other boys. They
like competitive activities. Achieving the goal is important for boys. They prefer problems
with simple answers, correct/wrong or yes/no type of answers. Sometimes young boys are
impatient to achieve the goal so it seems they have a short concentration span. Boys often
get upset if they lose or fail, especially in front of other boys. Bullying among boys
often tends to be violent.

Young girls often find their indentity through communication with other girls. They often
like activities that involve cooperation and interaction. For girls, the process of doing
together is often more important than the result. Girls prefer longer group activities.
They don’t mind losing or failing as long as they successfully interacted with their
peers. Girls’ bullying is often tends to be group exclusion. Peers will refuse to
accept a girl into a group or cooperate with her.

Girls often seem to be better language learners because they naturally focus on
communication. But boys can also be equally successful language learners if the lesson style
focuses on short goals. Mixed classes of boys and girls need a blend of styles and






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