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Teacher Says She Doesn’t Gender Students on Their Report Cards Because They Might Be Using Different Pronouns in School and at Home

‘So, using the word ‘you’ takes out the need to use a name or any gender pronouns’

EXCERPT:

TEACHER: "One last idea for this series about how to support students who don’t identify as cisgender in your classroom, and that has to do with report card comments. Many students don’t identify with the same pronouns and names at home as they might at school or with friends, and so this makes report card comments and communication home really complicated. Personally, I’ve been trying to take gender out of my report card comments altogether, but I recently heard a great suggestion from our schools GSA, who suggested to make report card comments directed specifically to the student. So, using the word 'you' takes out the need to use a name or any gender pronouns, and so that’s what I'm going to try next time. It sounds like an ideal best practice. How do you tackle this?"
 

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