Required Preparation for

Understanding and Teaching Boys

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Welcome to this unique summit on Understanding and Teaching Boys. You are joining close to 25 participants from around the world including both teachers and principals, all from international schools for this exploration!


Before arriving for the course, watch the following films and prepare some notes using the guide questions for each.

This Boy's Life (1993)

  • Why is Jack's gun so important to him?

  • Why does Jack write profanity on the school bathroom wall?

  • What did you think of the conversation between Jack and his mother about his disciplinary troubles at school?

Boyhood (2014) 

  • What did Mason Jr. want most from his parents?

  • What were the most important things he got from his mother?

  • What were the most important things he got from his father?

  • What is parenting for a boy and how does it differ from mothering and fathering a boy?

Etre et Avoir (2002) A documentary about a one-room schoolhouse in rural France.

  • Do you think the way the teacher handles Jo Jo is effective?

  • How would you have done it differently?

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In preparation for some of the course activities, bring a written (one-page max) ‘case study’ involving an issue or concern involving teaching boys that you would like to discuss.


WATCH…a short video to prepare for your course.


  • Your course materials are digital. Hard copies of the materials will not be available on site. Bring a laptop computer with appropriate adapters and wireless internet capability. Click here for more about iPads and tablets. Chromebook users can use the free Kami extension to annotate.

  • Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC now in order to be able to access your materials properly.

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I look forward to seeing you this summer

Michael Thompson