Recommendations for teachers
Come on! Teachers, get involved in projects, feel part of the actions!
It is advisable for teachers to participate actively both on a visit and in a meeting between STEM professionals and young people, and not to assume the role of childminder. In some cases taking a back seat may be recommended. At other times, it is advisable not to participate; “disappearing” from some activities may benefit the objectives pursued with young people.
It may be appropriate to:
Speak 5 minutes in advance with the organisation: What is to be done? What role will the teaching staff play? etc.
Prepare the session/activity, give it the importance it deserves.
Encourage the participation of students of immigrant origin.
OVERCOMING ROLES: SOCIOECONOMIC ONES, STEREOTYPES, FEARS.
– Pay attention to the roles played by young people!
– Regard science as a transversal part of our culture, do not be afraid of it.
– Science is not exalusively for the best students.
– Scientific culture can act as a social ladder.
GET AHEAD: “get out of your comfort zone”.
– Judge the initiatives honestly.
– Encourage personalised participation.
– Open the way to the creativity of girls. Don’t rush into things, be attentive when the needs of the children arise.
– It can turn young people into the protagonists in the design of projects.
– Collaborate with students in the development of processes.
– Foster the confidence and safety of children and young people.
Related to the PROCESS:
– Focus first on the process and then on the results and responses.
– Reward the attempt.
– Previous preparation of contents, where, with whom, for what, why… To arouse curiosity, ask questions and take into account ALL the interests of young people (including personal interests).
– In the meantime, actively involve, collaborate, be an example, show curiosity.
– Then do the assessment with the students and share it with the school/teachers.
AND AFTER THE EVENTS
– Talk about what was seen/reflected when students return to school.
– Think of “hot” ideas and purposes for the following session.
Ten essential approaches to draw attention to equality, ten ready-to-use ideas:
- Look for expert women in reports, news, interviews and opinion articles as a formula to make better journalism, by having more varied and representative sources of reality in science.
- Highlight whenever possible that science is not for privileged minds, but for normal people, men and women, who like this work.
- Stop attributing female success to work and male success to natural talent.
- Promote new values in the scientific world less associated with the ego and competitiveness. Equality could emerge as a result of this change.
- Encourage diversity in work teams (gender, age, functional diversity) to highlight the fact that this diversity enriches and helps the objective to be achieved with greater success.
- Show feminine references also to children, they also need them.
- Propose good science topics related to women and gender to publishers without fear of being judged.
- Stop underestimating older women as a model of a person without a scientific culture (Higgs boson explained to your grandmother, your grandmother could be a professor of physics).
- Do not confuse feminism with “for women”: including many women in events is not enough if it is just for showing/posing.
- Avoid the narrative of science involving heroes and heroines, people who work and succeed alone, as opposed to collaborative science.
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