Creating and adapting lessons

Do you have a great lesson, but feel like it’s not engaging boys and girls equally?

Follow these steps to adapt your lesson to be more gender-inclusive.

  1. Audit for gender balance and gender representations.
  2. Remove any gender representations that enforce stereotypes of women and girls in STEM. Or keep them, but actively challenge them and present alternative viewpoints to students.
  3. Augment existing resources (human, text, video) to ensure a balanced gender representation. Particularly look for women in relevant STEM careers who demonstrate creativity and collaboration.
  4. Design in opportunities for collaboration.
  5. Anticipate the need for extra support in technical or hands-on activities and provide those opportunities.
  6. Augment learning experiences to include social relevance.
  7. Open up learning and assessment tasks to include choice and creativity.
7 guiding principles to creating gender-inclusive learning environments

Want to design or annotate your own lessons?

Using the Seven principles of gender-inclusive lesson design, you can design lessons that will engage not only girls, but all your students in STEM.

View the seven principles
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Classroom strategies guide

This guide presents a summary of key research findings aligned to GiST’s Seven Principles for Inclusive STEM Education, with suggested practical strategies and contemporary resources that teachers can use to bring these critical Principles to life to create an engaging and inclusive STEM classroom.  

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