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SOGI-Inclusive Education: Elementary

SOGI and Social & Emotional Learning

No student is too young for SOGI-inclusive education. Elementary school-aged children strengthen their Personal and Social Competencies and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills when they explore their complex identities and how they are similar to and different from other people. As students become more self-aware, they may better understand their own thoughts and feelings, strengths and challenges. As they continue to develop, children learn that who they are is inextricably linked to the values and culture of the people and institutions around them, such as their family, classroom, school, community, city, province, and country. Increasinging self-awareness creates a foundation on which students learn about how to regulate emotions and manage their behaviours and responses. In turn students' learn to navigate increasingly complex social situations and make closer, more meaningful and successful relationships and more informed and healthy decisions. In doing so, students have also employed communication and critical thinking skills that will help them to succeed in a pluralistic, and information-rich society.  

​"Self-awareness is the keystone of emotional intelligence. The ability to monitor feelings from moment to moment is also crucial to psychological insight and self-understanding. And inability to notice our true feelings leaves us at their mercy. People with greater certainty about their feelings are better pilots of their lives."

-Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee, 2002

The SOGI-Inclusive Classroom

SOGI-inclusve education at the elementary level helps children to see that aspects of their identity like gender should not limit their tastes, choices, or opportunities.  Children in early elementary school will learn about the different aspects of themselves and that their gender is one aspect of themselves and that people can express themselves in more than two ways--not just masculine or feminine. SOGI-inclusive edcuation encourages educators to help students rethink stereotypes and gender-normative behaviour and language.


Another important aspect of elementary school-aged children's education is understanding how our environments influence us and children are supported in thinking about, dicussing, and representing their family.  SOGI-inclusive education acknowledges the diversity of family structure and organization and supports children in seeing the similarities as more significant--we all have and want people to love us and we tend to be (to look, think, and act) simlar to those closest to us. If this is true, how can we learn about other perspectives of the phenomena of life?  How do we ensure that we are hearing all voices? How do we all find a common purpose so that we can live together happily? These are some of the big questions that guide SOGI-inclusive education at all levels.

Lesson Plans

Below are some lesson plans from SOGI 123 that might be taught in a SOGI-inclusive, elementary school classroom:

"Responding to "That's so gay!" responding-to-22thats-so-gay22-1 3.docx

"What is a Family?"  what-is-a-family-1.docx

"Gender Identity and Media Stereotypes" gender-identity-media-and-steroetypes-1.docx

Session info
Time: 10/31/2020 6:15:31 PM
Host: AS78
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