Offered with the International Boys' Schools Coalition
Fall: October 10 – November 4, 2016
Single Gender Education: A Course for Teachers New to Boys Schools, created by the IBSC and OSB, is designed as an orientation to boys’ schools and all-boys' learning environments for newly hired teachers. Participants connect and collaborate with each other to explore best practices and research in boys’ schools classrooms. Moreover, participants learn from panels of school heads, alumni, experienced teachers, and new teachers, and therefore are introduced to community members and leaders from around the world.
This course allows participants to connect and collaborate with each other to explore the possible implications of research on the classroom environment. The course also explores ways to create a collaborative student-centered learning space, including how technology can help achieve these goals. Ultimately, teachers will gain a clearer understanding of what it means to work in boys' school and ways that one can create a classroom atmosphere and curriculum that maximizes how boys learn. They will also have the opportunity to create a personal network of peers with which to further work, engage, and explore.
By the end of the four week experience, teachers:
Course Format: This course is four weeks in length and requires participants to spend approximately four hours a week engaged in the class. The class is entirely asynchronous — meaning that there is no specific required time to be online—and class-paced so that participants can collaborate and engage in discussion.
Course Faculty: Joe Cox, the retired Headmaster of Haverford School and Executive Director of the IBSC, mentors faculty members in this course. Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director of One Schoolhouse, serves as his co-facilitator.
What Participants Have Said:
97% of participants said that they would recommend this course to a colleague
100% of participants said that they were offered regular and helpful feedback on their work in the course
100% of participants said the the content met the learning objectives for the course
"I thought I knew a lot about teaching boys, but this course open my eyes to many aspects about teaching them that I wasn't aware about. It is a great introduction to teaching at an all boys school!" - Educator from Selwyn House School
"This course was informative, insightful and interesting. I now have the tools I need to 'speak boy.'" - Educator from St Augustine's College Sydney
"A 'must do' course for any teacher new to boys' schools. It could make a steep learning curve more manageable and while it can't replace experience, it can certainly put you in a position to gain the most from your experience." - Educator from Michaelhouse
What Participants Have Said
"I thought I knew a lot about teaching boys, but this course open my eyes to many aspects about teaching them that I wasn't aware about. It is a great introduction to teaching at an all boys school!" -James McRae, Westmount, Québec, Canada
"My favourite aspect of the online course was the exposure to different points of view. I got so much out of reading my peers' responses, watching the videos and hearing the instructor perspectives; both in the introductory video clips and the commentary. What a neat way to share global perspectives!" -Anna Vasilevski, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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