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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 first take into consideration their age. 5th graders want what sounds appeasing and if you were going over all of the accomplishments of the African American culture and it sounded awesome, the students are going to want it. I would say that you should plan a week for going over all of the accomplishments for all ethnicity's and cultures. That way the students are seeing the accomplishments of all cultures as opposed to just one. The students would be able to see what their own ethnicity has done and make them proud to be what they are.
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: You are right on, great solutions for making them interested in all cultures.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:40 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery