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2019 IBSC Annual Conference

Selwyn House School

Montréal, Québec, Canada
June 26 - 29


Workshop Block 1

Thursday, June 27, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

You may download workshop materials from any presenter who shares them with us by clicking the link under the workshop description.

Artful Thinking: “Look with All Your Eyes, Look”

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MAC 2

Delve into the Artful Thinking Program to help you regularly use works of visual art in your curriculum in ways that strengthen boys’ thinking and learning. Learn to create rich connections between works of art and curricular topics and use art as a force for developing boys’ thinking dispositions at the heart of their learning.
Presenters: Kylie Bowra and Robyn Larbalestier, St. Augustine's College (Australia)

Better Minds, Better Work

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: MAC 3
How can we help our students become better learners? Examine how to foster excellent learning habits in the classroom through a range of targeted and focused approaches to students’ work. Explore how to help them acquire transferable skills, enabling them to think more laterally and connect a range of academic subject areas.
Presenter: Laurence Hedges, Harrow School (United Kingdom)

Boymaps: Using Mindmaps to Help Boys Develop Their Ideas

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MAC 4
Many researchers, including John Hattie, assert that visual learning vehicles drive deep-process learning. Examine the theory and research behind mindmaps and see a writing director's vast portfolio of how boys translate such artistic, associative language maps into writing that merges the head and the heart.
Presenter: Edmund McCarthy, St. Sebastian's School (United States)

Bringing the Community to Your Art Room

Track: A Focus on the Junior Years: Boys, Arts,
Wellness (PK-6)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Student Success Centre
Learning is about more than a solo teacher or class. Explore ways community involvement can help raise boys into involved, caring members of society. Join the discussion and view examples of how arts integration and your community provide opportunities for students to connect with the real world.
Presenter: Lisa Hakkinen, Hale School (Australia)

Engaging Middle Years' Boys with Contemporary Resident Artists

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MAC 1
How can you engage young teenage boys with contemporary arts practice? Join us to discover how resident artists from local contemporary art scenes can capture imaginations and inspire adolescent boys to engage with the visual arts.
Presenter: Chris Drummond, Melbourne Grammar School (Australia)

Fords Focus Days: Teaching Character Development Through Nontraditional Methods

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: The Red Room Theatre

How can educators use nontraditional teaching days to help boys develop core character values? The Haverford School created a series of “focus” days for students to explore their circles of responsibility—from self to local to global. Students practice personal responsibility, leadership skills, and global citizenship through interactive, artistic, and experiential activities.
Presenters: Kori Brown, Mario Masso, Emily Lesko, and Nick Romero, The Haverford School (United States)

Found Poetry: Unlocking the Poet Within Our Boys

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15),
Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: F2
We know our students have great minds and big hearts but often struggle to get in touch with their creative sides, especially in literature classes. Found Poetry involves taking phrases from other sources and making modifications to impart new meaning. Learn how to employ Found Poetry strategies as an access point for students to unlock their creativity.
Presenter: John Lamerato, St. Augustine High School (United States)

How Discussion Fosters Great Minds and Big Hearts

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Makerspace
Internos is a discussion-based course that safely challenges boys to explore current event and adolescent wellness topics. Learn how to advance social-emotional learning, character and civic education, relational learning, and student leadership through discussion. Receive discussion guides and practice the Internos template.
Presenter: Pen Vineyard, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)

Introducing a School Therapy Dog Program

Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MS 5
St. Albans School welcomed a therapy dog to our campus in fall 2018. Learn about the process of proposing and gaining support for this unconventional idea, training involved for both dog and humans, and the efficacy of this new undertaking.
Presenter: Carrie Friend, St. Albans School (United States)

Making Noise (Singing) with Boys—from an Australian Perspective

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: The Rossy Agora
Join this interactive workshop to focus on why boys should sing and how to engage them in a choral setting. Get introduced to warm ups, rehearsal activities, and repertoire that work for boys, all with a unique Australian flavor. Discover some fresh ideas to invigorate your choral program while confirming the strong connections between singing and well-being.
Presenter: Peter Ingram, Brisbane Grammar School (Australia)

Mercy, Vulnerability, and the Power of Positive Intention in Boys' Schools

Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Advanced
Room: MS 6
Discover how to harness vulnerability and elevate mercy to identify the positive intention behind a student’s actions and help him develop healthier coping mechanisms and a sense of self and wholeness. Look at case studies from both an institutional and individual level and walk away with actionable steps you can use immediately.
Presenter: Nolan LaVoie, Woodberry Forest School (United States)

Painting Education

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: E3
Do you consider yourself a team player? Have you thought about how your work might affect others? See the impact of your work and your colleagues' firsthand when carrying out your school's educational plan. It helps you realize the importance of going in the same direction while having fun painting a picture.
Presenter: Pablo Guarner, Viaro Global School (Spain)

Read, Create, and Thrive in Your Second Language: The Heart of Our Program

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: E2
Fostering boys’ interest in French in a creative and engaging manner proves challenging. Discover how to choose material that feeds their interest in language and culture, technology integration methods that offer multiple creative avenues for students, and how to spark boys’ curiosity about their city and culture in the geography curriculum.
Presenters: Elisabeth Jean, Sylvain Decelles, and Alexandra Robillard, Selwyn House School (Canada)

Serious Play: How to Teach Creative Thinking

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Lucas Seminar Room

Some economists believe artificial intelligence (AI) will free humans to be creative. If so, will young men have learned how to be creative? Use the Centre for Real-World Learning’s five-dimensional model of creative thinking to demonstrate and discuss techniques to develop the imaginative and inquisitive aspects of boys’ minds.
Presenter: Vaughan Clark, Eton College (United Kingdom)

Using Visual Art and Human-Centered Design to Engage with Indigenous Perspectives

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MS 4
How can we use art and design to engage with Indigenous perspectives? Examine a grade 6 visual art and design project and discuss steps to take to respectfully and authentically engage with Indigenous perspectives. Participate in hands-on activities and explore tangible examples.
Presenter: Scott MacDonald, Crescent School (Canada)

The Value of the Visual: Promoting Visual Literacy in the Classroom

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: The Library
Developing effective visual literacy skills is a key component to successful and effective communication. Review a selection of works of art, images, and wordless texts to uncover practical, collaborative, and creative techniques to promote visual literacy and its valuable contribution to lifelong learning.
Presenter: Andrew Stark, The Southport School (Australia)