Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Victor/Victoria


Who do you treat better--Victor or Victoria?

I was watching another teacher today, and I couldn't help but notice that she was nicer and more patient with the boys in the class. Occasionally she'd snap (mildly) at the girls or put her hands on her hips in frustration. When the boys asked equally silly or repetitive questions, she would answer, and sometimes lean into their desks to give them personal help. I thought it all seemed pretty obvious, but I'm betting that this teacher was unaware of her favoritism.

That's not really a criticism, because I think I do the same thing, as I tend to treat the Victorias better than I treat the Victors. It might just have to do with how males and females relate to each other, but it's not the first time I've witnessed this. So how about you? Who do you tend to treat with kids gloves--the boys or the girls?

3 comments:

NYC Educator said...

I had one of my college classes complain that I was paying too much attention to the girls, so I started writing everyone's name on index cards and calling names from the cards. I do try to drag conversation out of everyone though, and it's a challenge what with some kids who just got here two weeks ago and need to pass the English Regents in June.

Pissed Off said...

I think I am an equal opportunity abuser.

Pissed Off said...

I think I am an equal opportunity abuser.