Evidence: There are many things that can be done within the classroom to counteract gender bias. I plan to self evaluate often and make sure I am incorporating these ideas in my classroom throughout my career.
• The easiest aspect to control in my classroom should be me, however this requires taking a good look at myself often. I will need to examine my thoughts, beliefs, actions, and most importantly my disposition. I need to make sure that I am treating all students fairly, and not hindering anyone 's success.
• I will praise and criticize all students equally and fairly. Praise and critique will still only be given when deserved but I will keep a tally sheet to insure I am praising boys and girls in the same way, and the same amount.
• When choosing additional texts for my class I will do a thorough review of each to insure they are gender bias. If the texts I am required to use are biased I will confront the bias with my students. I will teach them the forms of bias from stereotyping to cosmetic bias. (Pg. 120)
• When guest speakers are brought into the classroom I will insure that students are...
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Opinion: It is not always an easy task to keep a gender-fair classroom, but it is vital to the success of students, the community, and to myself as the teacher. I know that I have a difficult road ahead of me, eventhough I don’t consider myself to be a bias person. I do feel like each of these ideas will help me on my journey, and most importantly I am aware that there is still much to learn. I will continue reading and professional development in gender equality. (Pg121) I will also suggest gender bias workshops to my school. I think this subject is especially important in Georgia, and throughout the South, where our traditions are so steeped in sexism. Regardless of how to teachers perceive their classrooms, I believe everyone could use help in this area. We owe it to our students to create the best learning environment possible for them.
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