Girls spend 30% more time studying than boys, but do not learn more than boys.
From our most recent Gender in the Classroom online course for teachers, here's some of the best suggestions for helping girls learn from two K-12 teachers.
"I love role playing that allows the girls to "become" the expert and teach us in a fun way based on their knowledge set.
"Small group time allowing them to have the "stage" within a small group with a voice is important and safe for them to share...especially the shy girls.
"I like the girls using their hands/art/drawing to get across what they have learned...to help focus, talk and work at the same time and produce a piece of work that physically represents what they have learned."
"One activity that I did this year that the girls especially liked was creating a song and presenting it to the class (the song was about all the uses of a comma). They could video record them singing the song or sing it live in class. Giving them the two different presentation options allowed for the more shy students to still challenge themselves to overcome their fear of being in front of the entire class, and they also had the support of their group members.
"A hands-on project I did was I had the students write out simple directions of how they made a PB & J sandwich. Then, they swapped with a partner and had to actually make the sandwich according to the directions."