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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!)
Aisha can learn to cooperate within small groups in the class by being in an all-female group. The emphasis should not merely be on the gender of the groupsí participants due to the fact that the group members will have different strengths and weaknesses, viewpoints, and areas of interest. There may be circumstances in which Aisha may have to interact closely with her male counterparts in the classroom as well as within the community. Because of this, the teacher, Aisha and her parents, and the school counselor could discuss options that would allow her to be able to interact with males without violating her religious beliefs.
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 No
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I think getting parents/counselor involved is a good idea. Aisha might have to do group projects with males in the future, for her career or even something more important.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 11:48 pm
Rated By: Adam Sanchez