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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!)
First, I would have them give a reason behind the statement. Then, I think it would be great to have a study of women who have made great contributions to the United States. I am sure that the opposite sex would not wish to be female. However, we have a Wax Museum in which the fifth graders choose someone, from the past or present, who has made significant contributions and they dress and give a speech in first person. This would allow the students to share their knowledge and dress in character. I think it would be a great way to show acceptance of other cultures. Students have free choice to choose regardless of the color of their skin. After it was all said and done, I would make sure that all students understand that it is what is on the inside that makes people the best they can be.
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
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Rated On: November 3, 2015 8:32 pm
Rated By: yDyjuB