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  Case: Cannot Cooperate
Aisha is known as a responsible and smart student. I have known her for the last two years, but this year is the first time she is taking one of my classes. She is in my 10th grade US History class. Recently, I started using small group projects in my class. I simply want my students to learn to cooperate, exchange ideas, and produce the project together. Although Aisha is willing to take part in these small group projects, she does not want to be in groups with male students because of her religious beliefs. When she told me about this, I told her that she was in the United States and that she had to work with whoever she is in a group with. In the first group project, Aisha was in a group with three males and one female students. She simply did not participate in any of the group activities. I wonder if should reconsider my original position on this issue and accommodate Aisha by having her work only with girls. Would I be doing her a disservice? What should I do?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
I would allow Aisha to work in an all female group. In most cases, I would say that students need to learn to work together, but in this instance I would be violating what she believes in. I would also check with her parents to make sure that this is what they want. Unfortunately students don't always tell the truth so I would probably just want to double check. I feel that all students should be comfortable in the setting that they are in and would want my child's teachers to accommodate them if I was in the same predicament.
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 totally with you, all students need to be comfortable with their learning environment or else little or no learning will take place.Teachers should integrate students and not enforce their beliefs on students. Checking with the parents is also a ver good idea.
Rated On: September 19, 2015 9:09 pm
Rated By: yWasyD