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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!)
Considering that Aisha has been a student in the school system for some period of years than I believe there should be some written accommodations on file for her needs. I feel that the school counselor should be aware of the situation from prior years and discuss the concerns with the teacher and set up yearly meetings with her parents to discuss the situation. If her or her family feels that her group interaction with male students breaks religious codes then I feel you should provide modifications, because her religious values will impede her learning process. However, if there is not any religious proof or if there are no written accommodations in her permanent records or folder then I would seek the counselors advice and help on reaching out to the student more.
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, I think this is a great way to handle the situation.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 2:55 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery