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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 believe that you should reconsider your original position and let Aisha work in a group with only females. If it is for religious reasons, then I believe that it is in the law that you must accommodate her. I do not think that you would be doing her a disservice because this way she will be working and participating at her fullest extent. This way she will be learning the material and not worrying about working with males.
 
     
     
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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: Allowing Aisha to work in a group of girls only will serve to increase her productivity and allow her to express herself without fear of violating her religious beliefs. It is important that she feel accepted within the school environment, which also means accepting her religious beliefs.
Rated On: June 28, 2013 9:49 pm
Rated By: PyruNe
 
     
     
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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: Yes very true. It is a reasonable request and you should not offend her religious beliefs.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 3:35 pm
Rated By: uJasuX
 
     
     
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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. If she is forced to work with males, then her focus will be elsewhere and not on the learning at hand. Being forced to work with males, should be the least of her worries.
Rated On: May 20, 2015 10:40 pm
Rated By: Monica Rainwater
 
     
     
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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: Although finding a way to incorporate mixed gender groups would benefit Aisha's social skills, it is important to respect her religious beliefs and allow her the same courtesy that one would expect from their teachers.
Rated On: October 17, 2015 4:51 pm
Rated By: Hedese
 
     
     
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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 think this is a good idea!
Rated On: October 18, 2015 11:43 pm
Rated By: Jessica Sorensen
 
     
     
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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: excellent idea!
Rated On: October 23, 2015 4:10 pm
Rated By: baQumy
 
     
     
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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: Great point, allowing her interaction with females only will eliminate her anxiety about working with males.
Rated On: March 2, 2017 4:00 pm
Rated By: dyMaDe