Gender Fluid

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  1. I love that our classes open the door for such discussion and that we can be so inclusive. My school isn’t quite as explicit as Tina’s seems to be with their policies, but I can see it happening here in the future. Schools are tough places for students and I love that a CI classroom can be a space that make students feel like they can be who they really are.

    1. Yes Carly we are only partially working to change the way languages are taught. We are, by changing the way we teach, also working to celebrate the diversity that has made our country great. When we include every kid, bc every kid can easily learn a language, and when we insist on proper decorum from every kid, because we can and we know how to do that, we strengthen the foundations of our society. I once thought that I had a pretty useless job, teaching kids another language when they didn’t really give a rip. Now I see how wrong I was. We can’t always see it, but what we are doing is holding a society together and directing it toward higher ground, as per:

  2. My students choose gender neutral names such as Toni or Riley from time to time. When I am helping students translate during reading, I say “it” because our OWI is an object that has come to life. It’s my way of avoiding controversy in our school community which is many traditional and old school but the students are not in the dark… So parents could get angered potentially.

  3. One of our very first characters was an ice cube named Eren who was gender neutral. I need to figure out how to say all of these in French though. Homework for the weekend!

    1. The romances languages are tricky. Here are some ways I talk about gender:

      In French/Spanish nouns or things/ideas have are masculine or feminine.

      When I write el/il or ella/elle for an OWI, the object is still an “it”. People fdon’t thing about gender with nouns they just say it that way.

      With an OWI, I say “we cannot say exactly its gender” even when I write El/Il or Ella/elle.

      I tell students to make up their own minds about it.

      When an OWI is a cheeto or a snow flake, I say ” in the Cheeto world, there are probably many genders or we do not know if they distinguish them”

      We recently had an OWI that was a red cup of cheerios that was pregnant and single. They added the age to be 14 but I took that out. Since it is a “cup” i wrote down “Embarasado” or pregnant in the masculine form. It’s important to reel in the details. Appropriateness is a blurry line.

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