Education Matters

Jason Cheers

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How to keep your children cyber safe at home

Posted by Jason Cheers on Dec 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The internet has become an integral part of life … and education. It’s a powerful resource, enabling people of all ages to learn and communicate in new ways.

For children, the internet has been ever-present and so it’s an essential tool. But some of us have not grown up with the internet at our fingertips and like many forms of new technology, it can be daunting.

For all its many benefits for both young and old users, there is no denying that the internet in terms of exposing their children to risks, presents a number of challenges for parents.

In many cases, children are more equipped and experienced internet users than their parents. So how can parents protect their children from something they don’t necessarily fully understand?

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Topics: Cybersafety

Are lazy and unmotivated boys a myth?

Posted by Jason Cheers on Dec 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Many parents have no doubt felt frustrated about their child’s lack of motivation toward their learning. But are lazy and unmotivated boys a myth?

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Topics: Boys' education

Boys’ education must be about the individual boy and not ‘all’ boys

Posted by Jason Cheers on Dec 9, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Too often, schools implement ‘boys’ education programmes’ that promote ‘boy-friendly’ teaching and learning approaches. In reality, many of these programmes fail to account for the diversity that exists among boys as learners and human beings.

Traditions of masculinity can play an important role in the lives of boys. But when we consider the nature of masculinity, there are different ways that boys enact manhood. All boys learn to become men in different ways and they have different ideas about what masculinity means.

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Topics: Boys' education, Adolescence

Why homework has a place in education

Posted by Jason Cheers on Nov 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

In any human pursuit, practice leads to improvement. Homework is essential to classroom learning. This is especially true in the upper secondary years, where there is a great amount of content to cover, where sophisticated skills must be practiced and where additional reading and reflection will always enhance learning.

Trinity has always valued homework as an important part of boys’ education. To establish the habit, so that it is a habit by the time boys reach Years 11 and 12, it’s important to start early.

Here are some top tips:

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Topics: Boys' education, Homework

How to become a great father

Posted by Jason Cheers on Nov 26, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Boys learn their first lessons of manhood from their fathers. This is why early primary-aged boys in particular, usually want to spend a great deal of time with their dads.

Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Boys, describes this phenomenon as ‘father-hunger’ and suggests dads need to be around their sons in their primary school years as much as they can to allow them to ‘download the software’ of how to be male.

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Topics: Fathering

Why resilience and independence is important for boys

Posted by Jason Cheers on Nov 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

A boy’s education at Trinity is rich with opportunity and busy-ness. However, it is critical to remember that there will be difficult times; there will be ups and there will be downs, but without challenge your son cannot grow and develop his God-given talents. This is such an important life skill that he learns – education, and life in general, is not about success or failure, but perseverance and effort.

We want boys to realise that when they find themselves in adversity, instead of wanting to quickly relieve the unhappiness or stress of the situation by looking for short-fix solutions, to instead pause and see what they are being taught by the adversity, and to learn and grow from the experience. Adversity can be a great teacher.

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Topics: Boys' education

How to successfully manage risk-taking in boys

Posted by Jason Cheers on Nov 20, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Boys are generally more impulsive than girls. Risk-taking is natural for boys and forms a normal part of their growing up. However, dangerous risk-taking behaviours can have serious negative consequences. Adolescence is an especially important period for boys as the brain is far from mature and undergoes extensive structural changes well past puberty.

Many boys have well-developed cognitive capacity, but are still developing their emotional maturity. As a result, this period is sometimes referred to as ‘high horsepower, poor steering’.

Some neurological aspects to consider during boys’ adolescence include:

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Topics: Risks, Adolescence, Risk-taking

How to improve boys’ literacy

Posted by Jason Cheers on Nov 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Literacy is at the core of learning. As a parent, you can have a profound impact on your son’s literacy learning, especially in relation to reading.

Evidence from around the globe has shown that boys, in general, demonstrate weaker literacy skills in comparison with girls. At Trinity our emphasis is on ‘which boys’ rather than ‘all boys’, as we acknowledge the individual needs boys bring to their literacy learning, as well as their unique social and cultural backgrounds.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading