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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 think doing this in the classroom is a great idea. It is important to make lessons relevant to all students in the classroom. By doing so, this earns the students respect and can make the material engaging to all students. I feel that the students misunderstood the point of the lesson. The point of the lesson was that all cultures have important and significant people in them. The teacher should remind the students that all cultures have scientist, writers, and political figures that made significant contributions to the United States.
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 with your comment. It is so important for students to be aware of the purpose of the lesson and be taught lessons that are relevant to all students who make up a class. The teacher could go back and discuss other people of other races who have made a huge impact on society as well.
Rated On: May 29, 2014 12:35 am
Rated By: Kimberly Rahn