Boys today are bombarded by conflicting messages about what it means to be a man.
Educators, especially male educators, have an opportunity to help boys develop a positive self image, one that avoids the toxicity of stereotypical masculinity. However, in order to be a positive male role model in the classroom, male educators must first look internally. They must move themselves further in the direction of compassion if they are to help those they teach to do the same.
Over the 20 years that I’ve been working with kids, I’ve noticed that kids need male role models that are empathetic, caring, nurturing, and compassionate. There’s a great deal of research to support this, but Western society (and education) tends to promote a more “masculine” ideal. This can lead to many male educators feeling like they don’t belong in the profession, or worse, that they can’t truly be themselves.
It’s time for a change.
I believe that it’s time for this to change, both for the sake of the students we teach, and for the sake of our own happiness. Believe me, this is something I’ve struggled with ever since I became a teacher. As I’ve built this course, I’ve been fortunate to meet many likeminded men who feel the same way.
You are not alone. Neither am I.
In The Compassionate Male Educator course, you’ll learn about…
The “Boy Code”
Many boys live by a set of unwritten rules about being a boy. This module examines what those rules are and looks at the implications for educators.
Toxic Masculinity, 21st Century Masculinity
The conflicting messages about masculinity affect more than just boys. Here we examine how stereotypical masculinity affects us, and how 21st century masculinity is challenging these stereotypes.
In order to share it, you first have to own it. In this module, participants will look critically at themselves, their beliefs, their values, and their opinions about what it means to be a man.
A Plan of Action
Everyone can be more inclusive and compassionate. In this module, participants will create their own plan of action to move themselves out of their comfort zones, regardless of where they are on this path.
Building Compassion in Students
It’s time to be a compassionate male role model. This section includes educator-ready resources that can help teachers instil compassion in the boys and young men — and girls — they teach.
In this course, you’ll be challenged to change.
You’ll be challenged to think and act outside your comfort zone, all in the name of improving your enjoyment of this wonderful profession.
E.B. White said, “The only sense that is common in the long run is the sense of change, and we all instinctively avoid it.”
Change of this nature can be hard, but I hope it can be as rewarding for you, as it has been for me.
Join me in this change. Change your teaching practice. Change your students. And ultimately, change the world.
The Compassionate Male Educator self-paced course is just $5
You’ll get immediate access to all the content, which you own forever.
Need to pay with a purchase order? Or maybe you want to enroll more than one teacher, your staff, your whole school or district? Or maybe you want to create a custom course bundle? We can do that! Contact us and we'll get you set up in a hurry.
About The Instructor
Tom Fuke has been teaching grades 4, 5, and 6 for eleven years. He currently teaches grade 5 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Tom is passionate about real education transformation. He foresees a future where learning is truly student-driven, and creativity is valued as much as literacy and numeracy. Tom’s interest in definitions of masculinity dates back to his childhood, when, as a competitive swimmer (and NOT a hockey player… in Canada) he was bullied by his hockey playing peers. The bullying stopped when his peers discovered how good a swimmer he was, but that change only proved what he already knew: to “be a man” in his peer group meant either playing hockey or being the best at something else. These experiences have framed Tom’s philosophies on how to educate boys, and his course, “The Compassionate Male Educator,” is his means of sharing these things with the world.
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You might be concerned that these courses won’t work for you. We get that. We offer a no risk, 60-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like the courses, if you feel like you already know the material, or if you just change your mind, we will refund 100% of your money for the first 60 days upon completion of an exit interview so we can learn how to make it better next time around. Do you have questions about this offering? Please contact us!