Category Archives: Teaching boys

Why John Keating Is a Bad Example to Teachers


From the Tongue-in-Cheek and Kicking Fictional Holy Cows Departments: Mr John Keating, the fictional super-teacher of the movie Dead Poet’s Society is an inspiration to many. I’m sure that the character played by Robin Williams served as the driving impetus … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to His Son’s Teacher


Update: So it isn’t really by old Honest Abe. Still pretty cool. Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to His Son’s Teacher  A Letter to My Son’s Teacher  He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men … Continue reading

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Chess Builds Better Brains: 18 of the Best iOS Chess Apps to Improve Your Game (And Your Mind)


CHESS AND YOUNG MINDS I love chess. I love what the game does for the brain. Chess isn’t a game for smart people… chess makes you smart. The cerebral battle over the checkered board develops mental acuity and whole-brain thinking … Continue reading

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48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science


Note: This post was published in 2013 and it may be slightly out of date. UPDATE: Here are 20 more! (December 2015) After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) … Continue reading

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A Year With the Tribe: A Passionate Teacher Speaks About Teaching Boys


The following interview details the experiences of a South African teacher involved in an experimental programme in which boys and girls were split into separate classes in their English period. Melani van der Merwe’s experiences make for fascinating reading, and … Continue reading

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Boys On Their Own, Or Why Schools are Failing Boys


Here’s a statistic that shouldn’t be: teenage boys are three to four times more likely to take their own lives than girls are. Granted, the research is in its infancy, and most of it is coming out of the United … Continue reading

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