Teaching Boys Through Story

Phillip Taylor (The King’s School)

Science Centre, Lab 5

Teaching is hard; perhaps harder than it’s ever been. In trying to be all things to all people, syllabi in 2019 have become so packed with content, so driven by assessment, and so fragmented by overreaching officialdom that teachers are left little opportunity to embed learning to gain deep and lasting traction in the adolescent mind, itself shallowed by a culture that celebrates the momentary, the instantaneous, the contrived. In this shrinking space, storytelling is “the single most powerful weapon in a [teacher’s] arsenal” (Dr. Howard Gardner), becoming the fundamental instrument of imagination and thought. In this workshop, we explore how the TKS English Department has revitalised learning across Years 7 – 12 by way of curriculum designed and delivered through the lens of story and storytelling.

A Year of Teaching in Remote Thailand: Lessons in Relationships Applicable for the Australian Classroom

Joshua Barnett (St Columba Anglican School)

Science Centre, Lab 7

In 2018 I took my Long Service Leave and journeyed with my wife and our four children to Thailand to engage in mission work in its mountainous north. In our time there, we taught our own children and those in our community. Through this experience, we realised that teaching is truly a heart to heart transaction and when teachers engage this way, both teacher and student benefit. Join me as I share what I learned from experimental pedagogy in the Land of Smiles.

Pedagogy with a Twist

Brendan Stewart (The King’s School)

South Walk Classrooms, S9

A trio of popular and successful class tasks that have proven to be exciting, engaging, hands-on and meaningful for boys in Geography:

  1. Group-based term long activity, planning, peer-assessed vertical poster, market day. The sky is the limit (Civics and Citizenship)
  2. Sandbox AR – Augmented Reality, view the world from a different perspective. Visual and kinesthetic approach to learning and teamwork. Be dazzled. (Topography, Water Sheds and Drainage Basins)
  3. MacGyver Session – homemade projector, Geo-engineers and data miners work together to create a title page with a difference. (Applicable to most content).

Leadership as Action: Taking Leadership Training in Young People Beyond the Theory

Jason Nowland (The King’s School)

Science Centre, Lab 9

This session will explore how leadership is developed in the Cadet Corps through its training program where boys are given the freedom to lead in stressful environments, without immediate adult supervision. Through a series of only passive supervisory controls, cadets are allowed to develop their leadership on camp and throughout the cadet program through student centred conduct of activities and the controlled, but limited supervision while on cadet camp trek. This forces young leaders into accepting the stress and responsibility of leadership in a very real way, forcing them to accept responsibility and making decisions for others in a challenging environment. My observation, therefore, is that TKS Cadets tend develop stronger leadership skills than cadets who are never without close, active adult supervision.

Managing Stress Mindfully

Dugald Loughnan (The King’s School) & Rhys Ibbott (The Southport School)

Science Centre, Lab 10

Rhys Ibbott (The Southport School) and Dugald Loughnan (The King’s School) they have practised and taught mindfulness in a range of areas from Professional sporting teams to in the Science Classroom. This session aims to give teachers the confidence to be able to adequately facilitate a mindfulness program with students either informally or formally by showing them the resources that are available to effectively support student engagement and participation. As well as showing educators the benefits associated with student wellbeing and performance if mindfulness techniques are implemented consistently in their classroom practice.

Fear of Failure

Nathan Strempel (St Ignatius Riverview)

Science Centre, Lab 11

I work as a Boarding Duty Master at St Ignatius Riverview, but have also had 10 years’ experience speaking in schools around Australia to more than 100,000 students on resilience. Fear of failure is often crippling for young men. Through dynamic storytelling, interactive activities, and engaging multimedia, this presentation helps shift the mindset around failure from being something to avoid, to something to embrace as a crucial step to any success. Attendees will come away from the session with significant insight into motivation, but more importantly, a pathway for ongoing action.

Good Transitions: Helping Year 6 Boys Survive the Jump into Year 7

David Bell (Brisbane Boys’ College)

Science Centre, Lab 12

The new Year 7s coming into any school are a vulnerable cohort. Their inexperience of the school campus, its rules and its systems, as well as their lack of understanding of their new peers all combine to create a maelstrom of uncertainty, anxiety, and emotion that can tie up pastoral staff for weeks. This annual challenge can be proactively addressed to reduce student, parent, and staff stress and allow teaching and learning to properly begin. This presentation will outline the way that BBC’s Middle School approaches this challenge and will share proven methods to help the class of 2020 make the most of their initial weeks of Term 1.

Insight from The King’s School’s Leading Coaches

David Idstein (The King’s School)

Science Centre, Lab 14

This session is an informal Q & A with the teacher/coaches of some the first teams at The King’s School. Through a panel discussion, the session will explore how these coaches approach their craft. Topics to be considered include what makes for a successful schoolboy coach, how do we even measure success, how coaches aim to develop students for their short and long term progression, and how do we help young athletes perform under such pressure and attention. Coaches include: Peter Denyer – 1st Football, Ben Gavan – Athletics and Cross Country, John Hennessy – 1st Basketball, Jimmy Hilgendorf – 1st Rugby, Rod Hokin – 1st Cricket.

Community Outreach

David Strutt (The King’s School)

Science Centre, Lab 15

The Community Outreach Program holds tightly to the belief that we live to serve one another. Strong men display and develop their soft hearts and exercise their sharp minds when actually serving the community, in a practical and obvious arena. Operating within the School timetable at The King’s School, the Community Outreach Program is the primary opportunity for students to engage with the wider community through volunteering.

In this session, David will explain how students who volunteer to join this program are allocated to agencies that serve the community. Many of the agencies are Aged Care facilities, although centres that support disabled people, historic houses, and primary schools are also appropriate placements. While providing service to the community, the students who participate in the program develop meaningful and long-lasting relationships with clients that promote the development of compassion, through establishing a sense of responsibility for actions.

Spiritual Men: Soft Minds & Hard Hearts?

James Peters & Jason Hobba (The King’s School)

Science Centre, Lab 16

Recent research is telling us that young men who are “spiritual” are more likely to flourish. Despite growing hostility towards religious adherence and faith-based education, the benefits of encouraging young men in their spiritual and religious practices cannot be ignored. How will our boys develop into men of integrity, humility and compassion? How do we cultivate faith without creating soft minds and hard hearts? This workshop will explore the role that spirituality and Christian faith plays in character formation and maintaining a pro-social learning community.