I have a sister.
I have a brother who was more into computers than football or car racing.
I have a niece.
I have met my lone nephew once- and he was 6 weeks old....
I live in a bit of a girly world.
I teach a lot of kids. A lot of girls and a lot of boys.
I enjoy teaching them all but I feel I connect with only about 95% of them.
And the other 5%? All boys.
Don't get me wrong, I am not gender pre-occupied. Infact most of the time I think I teach pretty gender neutral topics/ teaching methods/ classes and I teach a lot of little boys who I connect with just fine so I guess I'm not doing anything too dastardly on that count.
But then there's that 5%... Every now and again I bump into a 5%er boy and I get stuck feeling like I'm observing a foreign species. Alien even. The 6 year old who spent an entire lesson burping out his answers to my questions (wouldn't that much forced burping give you reflux?), the 5 year old who flat refuses to touch a pink crayon, pink origami paper, a bingo card with any pink picture on it etc etc..., the 11 year old who would rather sit out an entire activity- even a game- than pair up with a girl, any of the four girls in the class. Five actually as he refuses to pair with me, either. I'm pretty good at jollying/ convincing/ joke threatening kids out of their petulance but these boys are completely unreachable. Unbending and with great strength in their convictions they leave me scratching my head and wondering what planet they hail from.
I asked a couple of the young guy teachers at work whether they'd had these or similar issues, and about any advice they had. After looking confused for a while they both vaguely nodded and offered that yesssss, maybe they had noticed something like that.
But really it was no big deal.
After all, they're boys....