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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 would ask the students what brought about this and then I would explain to them that we don't get to chose what color we are but that both blacks and whites have contributed to the history of the U.S and that that they are all important not matter what color you are. I would then relate this same information to my whole class. I would discuss why I chose this lesson and why I felt is was important.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
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Comments: I think this is the best way to go about and let them know they are important know matter what color they are. Great response.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:44 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery