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Promoting Positive Teacher Masculinities

Activity – Part 3:

Make a list of possible classroom activities teachers could incorporate to engage older male students in discussions of positive male characteristics. For example:

  • Read a story with a male protagonist and discuss which of the character's behaviors were positive and which were not.

  • Role-play particular issues in which boys and young men act out common masculine behaviors that may have negative impacts (such as using force to get their own way). Then re-play the same scene using positive behaviors instead.

  • Have a group discussion about positive and negative male interactions with female co-workers in the workplace.

This list could then be used by teacher trainers to develop teacher training workshops/sessions on this topic.

Encouraging teachers and education personnel to think about gender dynamics and openly discuss these questions could be a very important step in promoting the positive elements of gendered teacher identity.