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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 three students why they would want to change who they are? I would also ask them if their culture determines who they really are? I would then have my students find out information about their own culture and values. This would be a great project for the students to do and present it to the class. They students could learn all about the different cultures represented in the classroom and about how similar or different they are. If all the different cultures are not represented in the classroom, then have the students research in a computer lab about the many different cultures living in our country and present their finding to the class. This will let all the students learn about the different cultures and realize that our country was built on the combined efforts of all cultures and not just one single culture.
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: Giving your students a project to do will let them learn more about their culture and the contributions of their ancestors than if they were being taught by a teacher and learning about other cultures as well is more enlightening.
Rated On: September 20, 2015 9:07 pm
Rated By: yWasyD