by George Mackaronis
Before starting at Blue Ridge School, I did not have a particularly strong opinion about single-gender education. I knew it was a pedagogy that many people believe in and I knew that, as a type of education, it provides numerous benefits to students and teachers alike. As a male with memories of my teenage years and high school still relatively fresh in my mind, it was easy to imagine the possible benefits of single-gender education for male students attending an all-male boarding school.
In order to better acclimate myself with single-gender education, specifically all-boys’ education, and to prepare for my new teaching roll at Blue Ridge, I enrolled in an online course hosted by the International Boys’ Schools Coalition titled “Single-Gender Education: A Course for Teachers New to Boys’ Schools.” As the course title implies, this offering seemed like the perfect compliment to the new faculty orientation I was already going through at Blue Ridge. The IBSC course was incredibly comprehensive and it really helped me adjust to my new teaching environment. During the course we heard from numerous veteran all-boys’ educators and administrators who all shared a common passion for all-boys’ education and whose experiences speak to the benefits and uniqueness of all-boys’ education. My peers and I discussed numerous topics regarding all-boys’ education: successful teaching methods within an all-boys’ classroom, recent research findings about the benefits of single-gender education, how to develop character in young men, and mentorship skills for the classroom and beyond. The entire experience was very inspiring and I would recommend this course to anyone new to teaching in a single-gender environment. Continue reading “Preparing for Success In an All-Boys Classroom”