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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 would explain to my students the importance of these lessons and why you were teaching it. I would also stress the importance of white people who had also made contributions to the US as well. I would use these lessons to show my students how all of these famous people weather they are white or black made a huge impact on America and should be recognized equally. I would talk to the students on your intention of the lessons and have them examine their own culture as well.
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Comments: Great ideas, make them proud of their own culture too.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:48 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery