Reflection: Student Grouping Sequence of Events - Chronicling Through Act III, Scene 1 - Section 4: Girls against Boys - Whiteboard Work


When I was a kid in private school, recess was all about "boys against girls." The girls were the angels and boys were the devils (1970's Catholic school -- things were not exactly progressive.) Anyway, I remember loving playing against the boys and I never felt that one side had an advantage.

Fast forward a few decades and, as a teacher, I think twice about splitting the boys and the girls.  Research and experience has taught me (and this is a BIG generalization and it only applies to 13-year olds, so relax) that girls tend to be a little more thoughtful and careful and boys tend to be more decisive and less risk-averse.  So, I like to mix them up.

However, left to their own devices, they find their own kind :)  Maybe it's because they are still unsure about interacting with the opposite sex, or maybe they just want to work with their buddies, but it's pretty consistent.

Sometimes I will let them form their own groups as long as they are mixed gender (which often results in some boy being dragged, all alone, into a group of girls. (Not the worst thing in the world, but not empowering, really for the boy, either.)

In our county, we have no single-sex education.  I know people around the country are doing it. I think it's interesting.  But perhaps the day of "Angels vs. Devils" has passed.

  Boys against Girls?
  Student Grouping: Boys against Girls?
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Sequence of Events - Chronicling Through Act III, Scene 1

Unit 2: Romeo and Juliet
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: SWBAT determine the chain of events that have led to Romeo's banishment.

Big Idea: Connecting the dots leads to "a-ha!" moments

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