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2019 IBSC Annual Conference

Selwyn House School

Montréal, Québec, Canada
June 26 - 29


Workshop Block 5

Friday, June 28, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

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

"Art Sparks" Ignites Individual Creativity to Engage, Empower, and Transform

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: E1

Art Sparks ignites individual creativity in a big history context. The expressive multimedia arts program for ages 8-12 connects creativity and personal growth. The program’s focus on self-worth, creativity, and the cosmos strengthens student engagement, esteem, and empowerment. Learn Art Sparks’ techniques, methodology, and key to success.
Presenter: Imogene Drummond, San Miguel Academy of Newburgh (United States)

Art and the Essence of Character Education

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: E3

How can teachers use art to help students see the differences between self-motivated and instrumental action, thereby seeing human thriving as enjoying the work of helping create our world? Share texts, works of art, discussion questions, journal prompts, and essay topics that help students design a life where they can thrive by learning to enjoy their work and care.
Presenter: Martin Stegemoeller, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)

Becoming a Relational School: A Global Collaboration

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: Student Success Centre

Delve into a collaboration among an IBSC member school in Australia, another in Canada, and Michael Reichert, principal investigator on several IBSC-sponsored studies, about becoming relational schools for boys.
Presenters: Michael Reichert, Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives; Tom Batty, Scotch College (Australia); Michael Fellin, Crescent School (Canada)

Campus as a Classroom—A Model for Student-Led Experiential Learning

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Makerspace

Take steps to harness campus facilities to equip students with knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that encompass 21st century learning. Break the stereotype of a brick and mortar classroom and take the joy of learning beyond four walls. Integrate learning with life and discover the limitless resources available for the teaching-learning process. Simply design an appropriate model.
Presenter: Surendra Kulkarni, Mayo College (India)

Classroom Drawing: Memory Maps and More

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: MAC 1

Student drawing—sketches, maps, graphics, and silly faces—can liven your teaching and reach another channel in your students' learning. Set the bar at medium for beauty and high for effective communication as you include hand-drawn sketches in your lessons. Talk about memory maps as a fully developed part of history; daily lessons can use drawing just as effectively.
Presenter: Robert Clements, St. Bernard's School (United States)

Competition, Cooperation, and Patterning in Boys’ Drama

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: MAC 2

The balance between competition and cooperation in the kinetic world of boys’ learning is challenging. Imagine a drama with two characters claiming one chair. Both exit with dignity. Add the basics of a three-step physical gag, a narrative pattern, and authentic characters, and the distinction between collaborative performers and combative roles becomes clear.
Presenters: Christopher Newton and Jay Kearsey, Royal St. George's College (Canada)

Global Education Models that Develop Boys' Empathic Engagement

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: The Library

Global education programs, both in the classroom and out in the world, catalyze boys' learning to be engaged citizens in their world. Get a brief overview of current research on global competencies and share two case studies from IBSC schools using global programs to develop boys' understanding of multiple perspectives and empathy across difference.
Presenters: Clare Sisisky, Global Education Benchmark Group; Sarah Mansfield, St. Christopher's School (United States); Jack Wilson, Chaminade College Preparatory School (United States)

The He(art) of Design: Ethos-Led Design Thinking and Creativity in Boys’ Schools

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: MS 4

Everyone’s talking about design thinking and creativity—in education, business, and public policy. But is there more substance behind the colorful Post-it notes and TED talks? How can schools develop grounded expertise rather than just follow the fashion? Find out how to create “ethos-led” practice and programs in your school to form teachers and boys as designers in the world.
Presenters: Ian Lambert, Caitlin Munday, Andrea van den Bol, and Paul Vickers, The Scots College (Australia)

Kandinsky, Klee, and Mondrian: Uncovering Geometry and Fractions Through Abstract Art

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 3

Join a sixth-grade math teacher and art teacher as they showcase three lessons that infuse art into the math classroom. Students learn how shapes play a role in artistic design and apply mathematical concepts to identify polygons, calculate area and perimeter, and work with fractions. See student work on display and discuss alternate paintings.
Presenters: Kristina Barnaby, Elaine Klabonski, and Grace Connell, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)

Learning Together: Transforming Learning Through Agency

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

Hear how three colleges use professional learning communities to transform classroom practice by sharing knowledge and expertise. Focusing on the “how” allows each college to differentiate its pathway for transformation. Explore the framework for working together and shared projects that are transforming agreed practices and giving students greater agency in their learning.
Presenters: Paul Easton, The Learning Exchange: Institute for Excellence in Learning & Teaching; Jason Pacey, Padua College Kedron (Australia)

Mental Well-Being: How the Whole School Community Can Foster Healthy Boys

Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: MS 5

Find out how to promote boys’ mental well-being by engaging the whole school community in the priority. Consider the role of staff, parents, and boys themselves as we analyze four years’ work focusing on the issue. By paying attention to all of our community, we have helped boys live better and understand the mental wellness of themselves and others.
Presenter: David Atkinson, Dr. Challoner's Grammar School (United Kingdom)

More than One Way to Skin a Cat—Teaching English in the Middle Years

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: F2

Take a whistle-stop tour of tasks and approaches designed to engage adolescent boys in literacy. Explore the role of creativity when confronted with issues of spelling, vocabulary, expression, research, and analysis. Highlight several ways to use technology to augment learning.
Presenter: Paul Stewart, Melbourne Grammar School (Australia)

Myth-Busting in the Studio

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: MAC 4

An art student is born with their skills and produces art effortlessly as a solitary genius; by extension, anyone else is excluded—so say the myths surrounding visual art classes. Debunk the common myths of natural ability, solitary work, and artistic genius and consider how to foster an open and participatory visual art culture.
Presenter: David Sturtevant, St. Albans School (United States)

Organizing a Musical in a Boys' School

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: MS 3

Find out how to plan a musical, build a team to organize it, and involve boys in acting, singing, and dancing in front of an audience of thousands of people. Discuss how to overcome the prejudice some boys may have about participating in activities like acting, dancing, or singing—and how to help boys improve their talent.
Presenter: Josep Maria Simon Colomer, Bell-lloc (Spain)

The Practitioner Model: How the Arts Provide a Roadmap for All Subjects

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Red Room Theatre

Hear how an English teacher adopted the instructional approach of his school's woodworking teacher, transforming his students into practitioners of writing. Whether telling the stories of the unheralded in our school community or working as archivists of the life stories of the elderly, the boys’ writing—much like the objects they make in woodworking—serves a purpose.
Presenters: Matthew Byars and Doug Finkel, St. Paul's School for Boys (United States)

A Strength-Based Approach to Project-Based Learning in Music Education

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: E2

Music education is crucial in the development of many young people. Music inspires people across cultural, socioeconomic, and age divides. How do we best engage young people and help them achieve the success they are capable of? Join us to delve into strength-based, project-learning experiences at a boys’ school in New Zealand.
Presenters: Brad Banks, Shirley Boys' High School (New Zealand)

Three-by-Four-Foot Self-Portraits

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Agora Classroom

Drawing a self-portrait is always intimidating—imagine drawing your face larger than life as though on a billboard! Boys love the scale and intimacy of drawing themselves in charcoal in the garb of their choice. Follow a series of drawing assignments that lead up to this two-week term-end project that always pushes the boys to their limits and provides a terrific display at school.
Presenter: Ned Reade, Trinity-Pawling School (United States)

Trust or Bust—Why Relational Leadership Is Crucial to Your School

Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MS 6

Why do you trust the people you do? Why do people trust you? Teachers and leaders who generate strong relational trust bonds create higher performing schools and more purposeful cultures that increase the well-being of a whole community. Discover the principles of how to generate more trust in your organization, the neurological impact it has, and why your school culture can't survive without it.
Presenter: Andrew McBride, Westlake Boys' High School (New Zealand)