1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Lesson Plan Discrimination?

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by Thomfisher, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Thomfisher

    Thomfisher New commenter

    Please advise,
    I need to write a new lesson plan and the first thing that greets me is 'Number of Males / Females in class'.
    How are people addressing this?
    Have you changed this on your lesson plans?
    If so what did you change it to?
    Many thanks,
  2. gogogulliver

    gogogulliver New commenter

    I don't think it's discrimination in an of itself; gender proportions can affect social dynamics in groups and this may be relevant to your lesson planning. Acknowledging gender is not inherently discriminatory, as people of different genders often have different experiences of socialisation and develop certain broad normative behaviours, which may impact management of a learning environment.

    It's not perfect and it is a shortcut, and it relies on broad generalisations, but it is better than nothing.

    If you have nonbinary students, "Blah identifies as nonbinary, uses "they/them" pronouns". If you have a student with Crohn's, you should note it on your LP "Allow Blah to go to loo without challenging as has Crohn's". If you have one student with visual instability and another with dyslexia who just really likes pink paper and consequently gets less anxious using it, write "include two copies of paperwork on pink paper for Blah and Blah". If you have a student who grew up speaking another language, write "Blah has ESOL - encourage use of glossary of unusual vocabulary".

    Not only does this encourage you to think about the educational experience, it shows you are acknowledging the diversity of the group and planning accordingly. It also helps people who are covering the group if you are stuck by lightning, eaten by a bear etc etc as they have a quick-and-dirty guide of who to expect.

    It's also a way of tracking progress; do women outperform women consistently in your groups or vice-versa? What is your plan to address this issue?

    The lesson plan is a guide, to be accompanied by your student profiles. We take shortcuts. We are human. Ignoring differences creates more problems than using them to inform your planning.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2018
    Thomfisher likes this.
  3. gogogulliver

    gogogulliver New commenter

    Edited because I can't proofread today because I'm teetering on the edge of going off sick.
  4. Thomfisher

    Thomfisher New commenter

    Thanks for this, I guess I'll just make notes about the group dynamics as I go along. I really appreciate your time :)
  5. gogogulliver

    gogogulliver New commenter

    Not at all!

    Another thing I, as an English lecturer, appreciate is knowing what a student's main course is. Again, relying on generalisations, health and social care students tend to have a certain dynamic that is different to that of, say, brickies or IT students. Different subjects develop their own microcultures and that's really worth knowing about.
  6. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    I would just give more detail on group profile
    ATfan likes this.

Share This Page