What's Dorothy Venditto's Why?
I wrote the book, Gender Equity in Elementary Schools, to provide professional development tools and classroom lessons that encourage thinking about how gender influences us from an early age. The original motivation for studying gender surfaced when watching my lesson videos for the National Board Certification process. How gender drove students’ interactions became increasingly more obvious in every viewing. I then spent several years studying the role gender plays in children’s interactions, social/emotional lives, and ability to learn in the classroom. I believe it is time to include gender as an important element when thinking about how children learn and grow and how it influences teacher/student interactions. .