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Old 08-15-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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I start school in about a week and I am watching my class list very closely online. I noticed today that I have 15 boys and only 6 girls. I am just kind of nervous because I have never been in a class that was this lopsided!
I would love any management/activity suggestions. I am more unsure of what to do with boys in my class.


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That's been the case not only in my class, but across the grade level the last 2-3 years! That's been in Kinder and 1st. I usually try to sit 1 girl at each table and balance out the boys' personalities. That means I separate the talkers so they're not all at one table and I also take academic levels into account (once I get to know them) so one or two at each table can help out those who need help while I try to get around to everyone. Sometimes they just need someone besides me to model for them.

It may take some tweaking the first few days, but if you teach them the rules and expectations from the start, you shouldn't have to make too many changes.
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Last year I had the same population and this year I will have a similar 2:1 ratio. Keeping them engaged with as many hands on activities as possible has helped me with boy world. For example, I decided to create a science week around paper planes. Everyone loved it! I figured if they want to make planes, why not educate them a bit about why they fly, why one might go farther than another, etc. !

Have a great year!
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boys can be quite loyal and loving. In my many years I often felt I'd rather have a room of rowdy boys than princess divas. Just my opinion.

Hope you have a great year!
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I almost always have more boys than girls. Plan plenty activities that require movement and breaks. Boys will be more active so embrace it with Gonoodle. Also, provide many hands on activities. Like someone else said, boys are very loyal!


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Same boat - 18 boys, 9 girls
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In my many years I often felt I'd rather have a room of rowdy boys than princess divas.
True. Drama is harder for me to deal with than extra energy.

Feel the kids' personalities out, of course. But generally, I find the boys enjoy a little more light competition ("Around the World" for math, that sort of thing).

If you can get a bit of a physical component into things as well (like tossing a small Nerf ball to call on people) it tends to be a hit as well. - Just impress upon them that it is a privilege that must be respected for it to continue.
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I had 15 boys and only 4 girls last year! I kept the girls together since it was so few and they would be able to talk and play with each other. I carefully had to separate the move active boys. I agree with making sure there is movement and routine and rules. I used GoNoodle for movement and movement in anything...spelling, math facts. When on the floor they had assignment spots too.
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25 boys and 6 girls. I seat the girls together because, well because it's middle school and the girls will be happier. At least it's only for an hour. But ALL of my classes are very heavy on boys!
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agreed! sometimes it can be more challenging, but i've often had more fun this way! good luck!


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Old 08-21-2017, 05:56 PM
 
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I had more trouble with a small number of girls than a large number of boys. They split into two small groups and were nasty to one another. Be sure to do some team building and encourage the six girls to all get along.

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Old 08-26-2017, 05:15 AM
 
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I had this last year. 14 boys 7 girls. I just found them to be very active! I would incorporate "body breaks" if they have to sit too long, or get some flexible seating. Also you may have a few who are very competitive and always want to be the first done or theirs is done best, etc. So I would prepare for how to handle those kind of conflicts.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:39 AM
 
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I just started school last week with 18 boys and 8 girls (one moved away). Honestly, I haven't noticed a big difference compared to previous years.
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Old 09-12-2017, 05:54 AM
 
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I'd rather have boys than girls sometimes too. They just don't seem to have the drama.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:20 AM
 
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MENTALLY SCARRING. EXHAUSTED EVERY NIGHT. BUT REWARDING. Try having 21 boys and 8 girls in grade 1 with NO aide. I had an ADHD kids and others with allergies. So needy. I got praise after the year was done BUT.... That was several years ago and I have never really gotten over it. :/
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