What to do when you can't identify the gender of a student?

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  1. DreamerSeeker

    DreamerSeeker Rookie

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    Jan 17, 2020

    As a regular teacher or a sub, have you ever had a class where you don't know what gender a student is?
    At my public school district (both elementary and high school), I've witnessed a few students who's hairstyle, clothes, facial features, and voice make them look like they could be either gender and it doesn't help when they have unisex names. I can't just ask them what gender they are, so what do you do in such cases? Do you just use their names and refrain from using the words "boy" or "girl" in your classroom?
     
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  3. sevenplus

    sevenplus Connoisseur

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    As a regular teacher you should have access to their files which should include the information. (Well, maybe not how they identify, but their birth certificate and the gender their parents put on paperwork during enrollment.)

    As a sub I'd just use gender neutral words.
     
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    vickilyn Multitudinous

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    Bingo. Address them by name, continue to use their name instead of he or she if asking follow up questions, ex. "Based on what James said, are there other thoughts?" instead of "do you agree with him?"
     
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