When boys reach upper elementary school, learning is still fun and engaging, but with more complex concepts on the horizon, teachers are responsible for preparing students for the rigorous learning that will take place as they enter middle and upper schools.
Relationships continue to be central to learning. When the boys know the teacher loves and cares for them, they will work hard. Boys feel more comfortable taking risks when the teacher establishes a supportive and trusting environment where they are both nurtured and held accountable. This trusting environment is especially important now that a peer influence is at play, which can affect each boy’s participation in the classroom.