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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!)
When creating all lessons, teachers ask themselves what is the ending learning goal they want their students to achieve. You described Aisha as a good student who is responsible and smart. I think to accommodate Aisha in this situation would not be harmful to her learning. She portryas to be a cooperative student who is willing to learn. I would group her with only girls. Although, I would speak with her and her parents to discuss her beliefs carefully and respect what she believes. This could create a teachable moment for students to understand different beliefs and helping students see how culturally important it is to honor each other in this aspect.
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: Very informative. Nice.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 6:19 pm
Rated By: TuBuJy