How to Teach Gender Equality in Your Classroom
Our classrooms just not get over after we left school. In fact, all what we learnt through lessons, teachers and from the whole experience of schooling is carry forwarded in our regular life. As students transforms into responsible citizens in future.
Importance of educator starts from this point to narrate and tell their students about gender sensitiveness. This is the reason why teachers need to be more cautious and alert while they're teaching. The best educational environments are those that are fair to all students, male or female. But in many places around the world, female and male students do not always have the same chances for a good education.
In today's teaching tips, we will discuss supporting gender equality in the classroom. We will also discuss how to create a more equal and balanced learning environment.
Examining Our Practices & Curriculum
Hidden gender biases in curriculum and the socialization of gender roles lead to inequitable education for girls and for boys. What changes can be made to create a more equitable learning environment for all students?
Take a moment to consider the following questions as you reflect on your own classroom and gender equity:
- Do any texts I use omit girls and/or women, or tokenize their experiences? How are boys and/or men stereotyped?
- Are females or males presented in stereotypically gendered roles in any texts I have selected? If these are historical texts, how might I teach students to be critical of the limitations in the gender roles presented in these texts?
- Do I encourage empowering and nonsexist behaviors among my students? Do I discourage both female and male gender stereotypes?
- If I have a classroom library, is there a balance in male and female authors? Are there plenty of books with strong female protagonists? Do the nonfiction books feature notable women and girls?
- In what ways do I encourage gender equity of voice and participation?
- Do I ask girls as well as boys complicated questions? During discussions, do I inquire as diligently and deeply with female students as I do with male students?
Interactions with Boys are More Public
Teachers often tend to talk to boys from a greater distance than girls. This is possibly due to an expectation that they should communicate in a more nurturing way with girls and a more business-like way with boys. Because the entire classroom can often hear a teacher's conversations with boys, this contributes to - at least the appearance of - teachers communicating more often and more casually with boys.
This encourages girls to reserve their comments and questions for private conversations, denying them the chance to participate in primarily male - focused discussions.
Praise & Criticism Between Boys and Girls
Girls are way more sensitive than boys in terms of their emotional aspects. Teachers can try to have a better interaction with them. So that girls can share their views, opinions and experiences with their teachers without any hesitation. Simultaneously, teachers required to pay attention towards the boys also. As, it might be possible that any student is facing psychological/behavioral/social or personal disruptions. Which is damaging him from inside.
Teachers need to have an open environment about discussions in their classrooms. Where all the students can share their feelings without any hesitation. Apart from it, the way of criticism or praise for both genders should be equal. But it needs to be handled with extra personal touch of care.