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Supporting Gender Diversity in Early Childhood

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1.  Which of the following statements about the gender binary is NOT true?
  1. The gender binary sorts children into two genders: boys and girls
  2. The gender binary limits all children by reinforcing gender stereotypes
  3. Young children receive messages that reinforce the gender binary from birth
  4. The gender binary supports all children’s gender health
2.  According to the presenters, why is talking about gender diversity with young children important?
  1. A high quality classroom includes a lot of conversation between adults and children
  2. Young children are rapidly learning language and literacy skills
  3. Children notice gender and start to categorize others and show awareness of gender identity as young as two
  4. Teachers can reinforce the gender binary (boys and girls) in their interactions with children
3.  Which of the following could be included in your gender constellation?
  1. The name, nicknames, and pronouns that feel comfortable to you
  2. Clothing, shoes, accessories, and other items that help you express who you are
  3. Relationships with family members and friends that feel like part of your identity, for example being a granddaughter who bakes birthday cakes with her Nani
  4. All of the above
4.  Which of the following is NOT a strategy early childhood teachers can use to create gender-inclusive classrooms?
  1. Notice where gender shows up in your work and how often you reinforce a gender binary.
  2. Listen and attune to children, observe what they are communicating about their understanding of their own and other’s gender
  3. Label extra clothing bins as “boys” and “girls”
  4. Include gender diverse materials (books, posters) in the classroom
5.  You notice a boy in your classroom go over to the dress-up area and choose a rainbow skirt. After twirling around a few times, he turns to a friend, saying “Let’s play sisters. Look at my beautiful skirt.” What is the first step as you respond?
  1. Listen to the child's play, observe how the classroom reacts. Reflect on your reactions to help you attune to the child’s ideas.
  2. Ignore the behavior, and hope it doesn’t happen again.
  3. Call a meeting with the child’s parents to talk about the play.
  4. Research articles on transgender children and send them to every family in the school.

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