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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 is a 10th grade student who has a difficult time working in a group with male students due to her religious beliefs. As an educator we have to respect the belief of Aisha in the educational environment. If the educator puts Aisha in a group with males, Aisha becomes distance from the assignment and is not learning due to the lack of participation. If Aisha was moved to a group of females she would benefit from being able to take part in the assignment and learn in the process. It is important for educators to take into consideration the cultural backgrounds of students in order to create a safe learning environment.
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; even though the teacher may not understand it, the students religious beliefs should be honored
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:53 am
Rated By: uZyvaP