Monday, March 12, 2007
It seems I'm always writing about gender issues, but as a sociology major it's a topic that comes up frequently. I recently observed a class in my practicum school where the teacher separated the boys and girls into opposing teams to review math concepts. The girl's team was named the "Fillies" and the boys were the "Stallions." As we know, boys are generally expected to perform better at math and science than girls. Boys have historically been more likely to pursue fields that incorporate math and science, such as engineering and architecture. The boys were very aggressive and the girls seemed to be pretty laid back. The boys were constantly laughing at the girls if they made a mistake and were determined to win. Is it okay to separate girls and boys for these types of activities? Would they have just as much fun on a team with mixed sexes? By separating them by gender are we further implying that they are different? I'm just concerned with the way we perceive gender in this society and the way we are defining gender to our children.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Today in my Elementary Science Curriculum and Instruction course, we had a science circus. The circus was centered on the theme of sound. There were six different stations that each group had about 5 minutes to complete. We did different activities, each encompassing the concept of soound and pitch and the different ways sound can be projected. I think that students will enjoy activities incorporated into a science circus. It gives them a chance to get up and moving and to learn in a fun, exciting way. Rather than lecturing and giving worksheets, they will learn on their own through actual "hands on" experience. I'm looking forward to putting together my Science Circus and watching the reactions of my students. I'm sure their eagerness to learn will be evident, as will be my eagerness to guide them in the learning process.