Hi Colleagues, I'm looking for some advice in engaging boys in English. I work in a co-educational high school, however due to the values of my school, boys and girls have separate classes. Since working in this environment, I have noticed a significant difference in the way boys and girls learn. I never noticed this while working in a public school! I have found that the girls are more willing to engage in class discussions and group work, while the boys much prefer to work independently. This can be challenging as an English teacher, as I believe that in order for my students to develop a thorough understanding of the concepts in the curriculum, discussion is really necessary. As a result, I often find that my female students out-perform the boys! I'm really hoping someone has some ideas or experience in encouraging boys to deeply engage in rich discussions about texts.