Objective: To ensure educators understand underlying messages about gender throughout books.
This activity that could be useful for educators to complete at a professional development to understand aspects of gender stereotyping includes getting a variety of books that would be suitable for classroom reading and then answer the following questions about each book, first answering the questions individually and then sharing responses in a small group. Throughout asking these questions for each book that is presented will allow for individual teachers to understand the gender concepts behind each book that they might not otherwise think of.
- What is the main gender throughout the book?
- What sort of roles do the females have?
- What sort of roles do the males have?
- Is one gender more dominant?
- If one gender is more dominant? Is there any way the story could be changed to make the genders even?
Objective: To identify how children would feel in the classroom environment that is set up.
This activity works best in groups of any size; it allows educators to feel how students would feel in their environment. This activity begins with all teachers setting up a mini lesson plan and then they teach their lesson, however they will be teaching to other educators that will be looking at their lesson from a student’s perspective. Activities like this will only work if the educators that are being the student’s act and think like the age group the lesson is aimed at and if the educators can teach the lesson in their classroom setting. In completion of this lesson the educators that were acting as students discuss with the teacher that taught and described how they felt in relation to the environment that was being created. This is a good perspective for teachers to understand, as how the students feel in their classroom will entail the mood of the class. In reverse, it is good for educators to be in the students position as they are then able to feel the way that they would during a lesson and are able to decide what they like and do not like from a students’ perspective.