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Chapter 4 – Option 3 (Action)

02/08/2020 9:13 PM | Karen Campe

Tracy ends the chapter discussing equity and some different responses to mistakes she has observed from girls and boys. Watch Reshma Saujani’s TED Talk “Teaching Girls Bravery, Not Perfection” at https://youtu.be/fC9da6eqaqg . Share your thoughts on this issue.

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  • 02/12/2020 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This video is hitting me hard! This chapter was all about helping students see that mistakes are important and valuable and that they are powerful learning tools. The video is all about how as a society we celebrate boys for the risk taking and making mistakes, but for girls we expect perfection, which in turn makes them scared to fail and take risks. Girls are thought to give up quickly when things don't go as expected. We need to strive to do better for girls, we need to foster that sense of bravery and risk taking, help them learn to persevere and build a network that is supportive and helps people to be comfortable with imperfection. Let's get past perfection or bust and do better!
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    • 02/14/2020 8:50 PM | Karen Campe
      Yes yes yes yes yes!! I think when I was in the classroom, I was reluctant to discuss with students situations when I thought girls were too hard on themselves, or I observed boys grabbing all the attention in the classroom. It is a bit easier to address it with my one-on-one students, but of course, I'm not able to observe them in their math classes to see the whole picture. This video is a reminder that it is particularly important for girls that their teachers encourage a growth mindset, normalize mistakes, and celebrate risk-taking & bravery for ALL the students in the class.
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  • 02/17/2020 1:01 PM | Stacey
    What a thought provoking message. Reflecting on my current class of fourth graders, I can see evidence in the difference of mindset when tackling a challenge. One of my brightest girls freezes every time she cannot instantly figure things out while her male counterparts work through things with gusto. I do not feel I perpetuate the boy vs girl way of thinking, but it is obviously out there in society. I have never sat back and thought of things male vs female...only to inspire my students to strive for their best and that everyone gets “there” where ever that is in their own time. At the very least, I need to continue celebrating the risks my students take along side them as well as validate the power of mistakes And how they carry us all forward in new learning and understanding. I need to set the example and help set my students, male or female, on the right path of risk taking to take them where ever they want to go.
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