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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?
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If this had happened in my classroom, I would have used that time to have the students elaborate on why they feel that way. This is perfect timing to introduce the concept of the Salad Bowl metaphor to the class, and reiterate to the students that it takes all types of people and cultures to make America the great nation that it is. Since this special study ignited such strong emotions within your students, I would consider designating future months for different cultural studies.
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Comments: I love the metaphor! Each culture brings something unique and special to the world. Once we put it all together, we are better for it. Great way to explain it to kids!
Rated On: May 31, 2015 10:05 pm
Rated By: ezyXyh