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  Case: I Wish I Were Black!
As a teacher of 5th grade students, I try to make sure that my students have a good sense of all the people and cultures that make up this country. Last couple weeks, I paid special attention to the African American people who have made significant contributions to the US. We read a book written by Walter Dean Myers. We have studied scientists, writers, and political figures. Students were very engaged and interested in the content. Yesterday something happened that puzzled me. Three of my White students told me that they wished they were Black. This was not my intention when I planned all my lessons on contributions of African Americans. How should I address this issue?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
I think this is a great way to segue-way into other contributions from people of other races. The students obviously learned a lot from this lesson and have learned to admire people's work from another race so I don't think that this reaction is a bad one as long as the students are going to be exposed to other lessons about other races. I think it is great that you students are learning that all people can do great work. At the end of the unit it would be exciting for the students to have a discussion about how even though all of these people came from different backgrounds, they were still able to accomplish so much.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I agree introducing other races contribution is good idea. I've never liked the idea of devoting a whole week or month to 1 particular race, if I were to speak about contributions I would separate it by date. Such as contributions by individuals in the 1860's towards education reform.
Rated On: October 20, 2014 12:49 am
Rated By: Adam Sanchez