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2021 IBSC Annual Conference

Viaró Global School

Barcelona, Spain

July 7 – 10, 2021


Workshop Block 4

Friday, July 9, 11:44 AM - 12:45 PM

Best Teaching Practices for Boys

Ambula in Fortitudine—Developing Skills and Strengths

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2B

Ambula in Fortitudine (walk in strength) blends school vision with the development of learning dispositions boys will need in the future. The program utilizes a purposeful structure based in Ignation tradition, a deliberate focus on the strengths and weaknesses of our boys as learners and an aim to enhance contemporary learning dispositions using challenged-based learning and other approaches.
Presenters: Callum Parker and Greg Gaudie, Xavier College (Australia)

Propel Student Achievement by Heightening Student Engagement

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Badge Building, Room 13

Propel student achievement to new heights by turning traditional learning on its head! Applying the classroom curriculum in the community through strategic partnerships creates engaged, active learners. At St. Michael's College School, we equip students with the tools and access to learn in applied ways through industry professionals in real-world settings.
Presenters: John Walsh and Robert Hofstatter, St. Michael's College School (Canada)

The Real Impact of Experiential Education: Practical Insights from Major Research in Boys' Education

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Auditorium

Many boys’ schools run outdoor experiential learning programs to help boys grow through adventure. But for all the effort, what are the lasting benefits for boys’ development? Learn how to increase the impact of your programs in this workshop on the surprising findings from a major longitudinal study of the impact of The Scots College’s six-month Glengarry residential program for Year 9 boys.
Presenter: Matthew Pfeiffer and Tony Pfeiffer, MMG Education (Australia); Hugh Chilton, The Scots College (Australia)

Scratch Programming: 21st Century Language Learning

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2C

To meet current and future professional challenges, students need to develop STEM skills from an early age. Programming provides the first formative step. In addition to allowing boys to discover a new type of language, programming develops mathematical, logical thinking through reasoning and logic.
Presenter: Miguel Ángel López Sevillano, Fomento De Centros De Enseñanza (Spain)

Study of Lexical Availability of Students (Single-Sex School and Mixed School)
Appeal: Advanced
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2A

Are there differences in the vocabulary used by students of single-sex schools versus coed schools? Review a study that analyzes the lexicon of 184 students of first ESO and first baccalaureate of boys' schools, girls' schools, and coed school. The objective is twofold: (1) to know if there are differences according to the course and (2) if there are differences according to the type of school.
Presenters: Ricardo Jiménez and Xavier Andrés, Viaró Global School (Spain)

Teaching Young Boys How to Debate in the Science Classroom

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Room: Badge Building, Room 22

Learn how to teach boys to construct logical arguments and debate successfully around issues pertinent to science curriculum in the lower school, as well as how to use these same techniques in many different subject areas. Debate helps boys gain valuable insights into their roles in a community and how they might become responsible leaders.
Presenter: Rebecca Kurson, Collegiate School (United States)

Community Service

Building Empathy to Impact the Heart

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 12

Investigate empathy and its value and how to use storytelling to imagine ourselves in another's shoes. Discover practical ways to build empathetic understanding through human-centred projects that have been implemented at Shore School and discuss how role modelling leads to genuine acts of kindness while developing collaboration and entrepreneurial skills.
Presenters: Kelly Papworth and Paul Dudley, Shore School (Australia)

Making Connections that Count

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 24

How do you create a framework that encourages meaningful interactions between communities? Come build a scaffold for developing long-lasting, beneficial outreach programs, allowing boys to lead and serve in a way that deepens their understanding of community and their place within it.
Presenters: Tom Rogers and Tom Elphinstone, Harrow School (United Kingdom)

Connecting Families, Alumni, and School

Individual Mentoring as an Effective Approach to a Personalized Education

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 3B

A realistic and effective approach to achieve personalized education is individual mentoring. Mentor-student interactions include frequent one-to-one talks with the student, availability for help, and regular communication with parents and other teachers. Get a detailed description of the model of individual mentoring applied in our school, one of the most valued aspects by both parents and students.
Presenters: Oscar Blanco, Jose Carlos Amador, and Pau Lacort, Colegio Xaloc (Spain)

Podcasting to Connect the Dots: How and Why to Make a Podcast About Your School

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 23

Learn how and why we created a podcast about our school to better "connect the dots" between parents and the classroom and strengthen the bond between the school and our families. Making a podcast about your school is easier than you might think. Find out exactly which equipment, software, budget, and editing skills you'll need to launch your own podcast about your school.
Presenters: Peter Bonds and Mike Burris, Blue Ridge School (United States)

Mental Wellness and Healthy Communities

Don't Poke the Bear—Avoiding Conflict During Pastoral Crises

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 14

It is often in the most challenging situations that teachers, pupils, and parents regrettably exhibit challenging behavior. In many cases it feels like a case of who will fire first when in fact what is required is a carefully managed ceasefire. How can a combination of humility, openness, and good planning create a framework for a lasting peace? Join us to learn how.
Presenter: Mike Grenier, Eton College (United Kingdom)

Going Beyond "I'm Fine:" Creating an Environment Where Boys Open Up
Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4B

Statistics show 82% of boys have heard their behavior described as "acting like a girl" when expressing themselves. Learn strategies for teaching emotional literacy, managing emotions, and asking for help as a skill. Use these ideas to build a culture where boys have the emotional literacy skills and safety to go beyond "I'm fine" and begin to open up.
Presenter: Rosa Tutor, St. Dominic School (United States)

Technology for Good: Weaving Technology with Identity, Empathy, and Citizenship

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1C

Gain strategies for connecting current and emerging technologies with the development of boys as empathetic members of communities within and outside of school. Join us as we share ways The Buckley School encourages kindness and caring in a rigorous academic environment using tools such as virtual reality, simulation games, digital storytelling, and 3D and graphic design.
Presenters: Julie King and Pete Simpson, The Buckley School (United States)

School Leadership

Boys’ Schools and the Power of Connection

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 11

Take a deep dive into the modern boys’ school landscape to understand what makes boys’ schools best for boys and explore the challenges and opportunities that face educators of boys as they prepare young men for the future. Hear about the good work happening in the IBSC network and gain insight into the established and new resources available from IBSC.
Presenter: Bruce Collins, IBSC (South Africa)

Building a Child-Safe Organization

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4A

School should be a safe haven for children, but where there are children there is vulnerability. In 2013, responding to allegations of abuse of children in institutions, the Australian government established a Royal Commission. Christ Church has led the way and created a framework to embed the recommendations in recognition that schools must resolve collectively to act to protect children.
Presenters: Joanne Wheeler and Alan Jones, Christ Church Grammar School (Australia)

Leading the Learning: The Future of Collaborative Professional Development

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4C

The most powerful resource a boys' school has is its staff. Join our discussion on how to empower beginning teachers to be the best your students deserve, equip your future school leaders to develop into the change-makers boys' education deserves in the 21st century, and create a community of engagement to become better educators of boys.
Presenters: Jude Arbuthnot and Kelly Easton, Westlake Boys' High School (New Zealand)