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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 think that it is important to fully understand Aisha's religion. I feel that a little background knowledge is an essential part of determining your course of action. If you determine that she as a legitimate reason for not participating in the activities, I would meet with her parents to discuss the best course of action. I think that many schools have a counselor that is in place to help you and the students determine the best course of action as well. If Aisha’s religious beliefs are that strong and you have meet and discussed your concerns with her parents and the counselor, you should fully accommodate her individual needs with an all girl group.
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: Communication between parents, school personnel, and the student themselves is an important facet in determining the best course of action in all situations pertaining to the educational setting.
Rated On: October 14, 2014 2:37 pm
Rated By: Denise Lukacik