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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 believe it is extremely important to respect Aisha’s religious beliefs. However, she will constantly be interacting and working with males throughout the rest of her educational and professional career. I think that there should be a compromise made between the teacher and Aisha, but I also think that the parents should be involved as well. It is important that all parties feel comfortable with the arrangement. I think that a compromise could be made by having Aisha only in groups where they are predominantly female or by slowly increasing the number of males in the groups. For instance, the groups could be started with only one male in the group until she is comfortable with that and then increasing it to two male group members. In the end it is important that Aisha feels comfortable in the classroom while also making sure to complete the assignments/work that is being assigned/given.
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
Rated On: May 25, 2014 5:02 am
Rated By: Megan Teague