Confessions from the Classroom
Chapter 1. “Because of the Stuff I Love”: An Introduction to Gender, Place, and Teaching
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“BECAUSE OF THE STUFF I LOVE”
An Introduction to Gender, Place, and Teaching
“A boy that went to horse-riding was made fun of and stop riding because of it and still hasn’t come back” (Grade 5). It is scribbled on a 3” × 3” sticky note that was part of a teaching exercise I was presenting.1 The anonymous author of the note was among a group of grade 5 students from a small town in Southern Ontario. I asked the students to document anything they’ve heard or seen in their communities regarding gender. I asked them if rules about gender exist and what happens when people are perceived to break them.
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