Gender-Expansive Toy Store

Second graders welcomed “shoppers” to browse their classroom toy store.
Second grade teachers Azureé Harrison, Sasha Shahidinejad, and math specialist Luisa Myavec welcomed families and staff members into a gender-expansive, math toy store following the students’ considerable work on gender stereotyping as well as addition and subtraction algorithms!

To do list:
  1. Read the teachers’ letter to “shoppers.” (See below.)
  2. Check out the photos from the event.
  3. Watch their video »
  4. Share their work forward!

Teachers’ Letter to “Shoppers"
Dear shoppers/fierce advocates for our students' learning,

We could not begin to thank each of you enough for taking the time out of your Monday to come visit our gender-expansive toy store. The experience of looking around our classroom and observing the children taking full charge of their learning was beyond words! We hope to share our video log of this project-based learning with our partners at Welcoming Schools. They provided us with the inspiration for the beginning lessons, to include "Riley's Rant."

Please find a link to our video log here. So much of the hard work (both intellectual and physical) that went into making today a hit was completed by the children behind-the-scenes and over time. We tried our best to capture as many of those moments as possible. And to is only December! Consider us all-in for continuing to practice the delicate dance of guiding and then following these children as they actualize the change they wish to see in our world.

With love,
Sasha and Azureé

P.S. Special shout-out to our math specialist Luisa for helping us set the kids up for mathematical success.


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