Understanding 6th Grade Boys

During sixth grade, students begin to push boundaries more readily. They demonstrate a lack of impulse control, often fidgeting, talking out of turn, or play with anything at hand. Their divided attention often leads to forgetfulness and disorganization.

The approval of their peers gains new importance at this time, and students will begin making behavioral decisions with their place in the social hierarchy in mind. The resulting groupings or cliques are very fluid at this point, with students often testing out new identities and making new friends.

Students in the sixth grade are often very competitive, and will weave competition into academics and typically non-competitive activities. They also value goofy, silly humor and will infuse activities with silliness whenever possible. Academically, sixth graders begin to develop more keen, personal interest in content, and will start to do work that goes above and beyond expectations.