Reply To: Module 2 – Gender

Siobhan Rooney

<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-size: 9.0pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: ‘Hind Madurai’; color: #163c42; background: white;”>I teach in an all-boys school and have previously taught in Junior and Senior Infant classrooms. It is very easy to see gender stereotypes affecting children from the moment they arrive in school, especially in a single sex school. We make a huge effort as a staff to try to challenge these stereotypes throughout the school. For example, in the junior classrooms we use playtime in Aistear to challenge the typical boy/girl stereotypes. It would be very easy in a boy’s school to have stereotypical gender toys, however we try and have a wide variety of toys and encourage the boys to play with toys more associated with girls. Modelling role play in the junior classrooms can really help to challenge gender stereotypes. In the senior end of the school, we use drama to continue to challenge gender stereotypes. Each year the school puts on a play and where the boys act out female roles and really excel and thrive doing so! We also have children in our school, who identify as female, and classmates are very accepting and supportive of this. I think when children progress to secondary school, this becomes more challenging. </span></p>

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