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    The Work Children Do

    Unpacking Gendered Conflict in an Elementary Classroom

    Hana Kawai and Emily Taylor
    In this essay, Hana Kawai and Emily Taylor provide a case study of one teacher’s classroom that examines issues of student conflict, gender dynamics, and the importance of reflective discussion to address oppressive social structures. Through reflections and observations that focus on the intersection of gender and race, they urge teachers to recognize, understand, and respond to everyday classroom conflict through a critical lens. Kawai and Taylor conclude with an “imagined conversation” that discusses the larger societal influences that affect individual choices.

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    Hana Kawai graduated in May 2011 from Brown University, where she double-majored in education policy and ethnic studies. She is currently co-coordinating and facilitating the All Girl Everything Ultimate Program, a girls' sports and leadership program in Seattle, as well as working full-time in the software field. She hopes to return to school either to pursue a master’s in teaching or to further her study of education policy. She plans to work with and alongside young people for justice in schools and beyond.

    Emily R. Taylor is a third-grade classroom teacher at Excellence Girls Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. She recently completed a year of teacher preparation at Stanford University, where she specialized in bilingual education. Her passion for the study of race, gender, and equity in elementary education began at Brown University, where she majored in ethnic studies. In 2010, Taylor received the Woodrow Wilson–Rockefeller Brothers Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.
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    Winter 2011 Issue


    Children’s Need to Know
in Schools
    Susan Engel
    The Work Children Do
    Unpacking Gendered Conflict in an Elementary Classroom
    Hana Kawai and Emily Taylor
    An Important Part of Me
    A Dialogue About Difference
    Sofia Lico and Wendy Luttrell
    Acquiring Double Images
    White Preservice Teachers Locating Themselves in a Raced World
    Barbara Seidl and Stephen Hancock
    Writing to Read
    A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading
    Steve Graham and Michael Hebert

    Book Notes

    Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
    Edited by Eric Grodsky and Michal Kurlaender

    Gateway to Opportunity
    J. M. Beach

    Transforming Borders
    C. Alejandra Elenes

    Making Failure Pay
    Jill P. Koyama

    Drop That Knowledge
    Elisabeth Soep and Vivian Chavez

    A Cord of Three Strands
    Soo Hong

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