3 Ways to Empower Girls in the Classroom

How can you empower girls in the classroom? One: Give them role models from past and present times. Two: Let them explore careers. Three: Give them the skills they need to succeed.

Ms. Sneed Wants to Empower Girls in the Classroom

Our favorite fourth grade teacher, Ms. Sneed, sat munching her sandwich. Across from her in the teachers’ lounge, her mentor, Mrs. Brown, read the newspaper. “Here’s another article about the glass ceiling,” she said. “Even though women make up nearly half the workforce today, we can’t seem to break through. According to the Center for American Progress, only five percent of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are women – which is down from 6% in 2017.”

Continuing to munch, Ms. Sneed sat in thought. Then, her face lit up. “Hey, I was just thinking. We deal with girls on a daily basis. Therefore, we can empower them. Let’s come up with a plan.”

Mrs. Brown smiled. “Now you’re talking.”

Role Models

“I’ve been planning to do a research project on famous women,” Ms. Sneed said. “But I’m wondering if it might be better to focus on suffragettes. Then our girls could explore women who affected change – for women.”

“Good idea,” said Mrs. Brown. “Since we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the suffragettes research would tie in.”

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Ms. Sneed pulled out a piece of paper and jotted down the ideas. Then she went back to munching and thinking.

Career Exploration

“I enjoy teaching,” Ms. Sneed said thoughtfully. “However, I want the girls in my class to know they can succeed at any career.” She pulled out her phone and started searching.

“According to CareerProfiles, people must take four steps to develop a career plan,” she said. “First, they must evaluate talents, interests, and aspirations. Second, they should conduct research to learn more. Then they choose the best fit. Finally, they can pursue a career plan.”

“Sounds like a great research project,” said Mrs. Brown.

“Look!” exclaimed Ms. Sneed. “I found a fabulous site: Career Girls. Students can take a quiz to determine careers that match their interests.”

Mrs. Brown looked over Ms. Sneed’s shoulder. “Click here,” she said. “Hey, this is nice. Girls can also search through career clusters.”

After a little more exploration, the two teachers decided to create a one-page exploration sheet. “The entire class can use this simple sheet to analyze career choices,” Mrs. Brown said.

Empower girls through career exploration.

“Yes, and later I’ll have them conduct more research and develop a plan.”

Empower Girls with Skills for Success

“Role models and career exploration really push girls in the right direction,” said Mrs. Brown. “However, in order to succeed in the careers of their choice, they need skills. Therefore, all of the work you do to ensure mastery of the basics seals the deal.”

Ms. Sneed nodded her head. “I want my girls to be aware of their choices, believe they can do it, and work toward their dreams. Then, maybe the next generation will break through that glass ceiling!”

Enjoy Teaching

Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.

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