A 3 part series by Boys Learning Expert Dr. Edmond J. Dixon.
Part 1: A Boy’s School Success: What Video Game Makers Know That You Don’t!
Part 1: A Boy’s School Success: What video game makers know that you don’t!
Today I’ll show you what video game creators know that you don’t and how you can use that knowledge to help your son succeed better in school!
Parents often fret that their sons are “gaming their lives away” and many worry about the powerful hold video games seem to have in boys lives. A boy who can’t sit still for 10 minutes to do his homework will spend hours motionless in front of a video game. The reason for this is much deeper than the fact that video games are fun and homework is, well, work.
The games themselves are based on powerful pathways for learning that have motivated males to success for thousands of years. Indeed what boys love about these games is that they LEARN with them. That’s right, learn: How to work in the game environment, how to overcome obstacles, how to work with others and how to be successful.
So what are these pathways? They are the 6 Secrets of boys learning that you can use as a parent to help your son be successful in the larger game of school and life.
Look at the picture below:
Each one of these is a powerful trigger for boys’ motivation, understanding, and success in learning. They have been used everywhere males have been successful, but we often don’t use them to help boys learn in their school work.
When we do, magic happens and boys improve their abilities to sit still and be focused, complete homework without nagging, put forth their best effort, avoid distractions and stay on task.
Most importantly, these pathways deeply engage boys in their own learning and that is crucial if you want your son to become a passionate, confident, independent learner who can handle whatever school or life throws at him.
Now, your son’s learning success in math is not what video game makers are aiming at when they use these secrets—they’re not in the business of making your son successful in school. They’re in the business of selling video games.
On the other hand, it’s really good news to know that they use learning to do it. And you can use them at home to help him be more successful in many areas of learning—not to mention reduce the stress at homework time!
Now I have a fun challenge for you: Take a look at the following 30 second PlayStation® commercial and see if you can identify each of the 6 Secrets…It’s quick—but they’re all there!
Do you see these things appeal to your son in his video games or elsewhere in his life?
How do you think you could use them to help him do better in school?
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About Dr. Edmond J. Dixon:
A pioneer in the field of Cognitive-Kinesthetics for learning, Dr. Dixon is a human development specialist with 30+ years of experience as a teacher, administrator, researcher, author–and parent of boys! He is the founder of the KEEN Differentiated Learning Group, an organization dedicated to helping struggling learners, and the creator of KEEN 5X, a series of strategies for classroom engagement and learning which has been used with more than 50,000 students and teachers. His latest book, Helping Boys Learn is published in parent and teacher editions. A dynamic and popular presenter, he has spoken throughout North America on education topics. For more info visit
Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsorship series with Dr. Edmond Dixon.