Strategy #1: To examine your own beliefs, attitudes and values…examine what "family" means
During a class discussion, Sally, a 10th-grade English teacher in her
second year of teaching, learned that Rob was living with his uncle, who
works the night shift at the local filling station. She had noticed
that lately, Rob was coming to school looking tired, and that his clothes
had not been laundered recently. He'd been sitting at the back of
the room, separate from his peers, and seemed disengaged from his work. Was he even reading the assigned novel? Was he getting any assistance
with finding resources for I-Search Project? These were issues she decided
to discuss with her mentor: "Hey, Margaret, I'm glad we had a time
to talk set up for today. I have a situation that I'm not sure what
to do about. I've got this student in my 10th-grade English class
who I just found out is living with his uncle, who works the night shift! He has no female in the household who is seeing to it that he gets rest
and stays clean. No wonder he hasn't been doing well at school..."
- What assumptions is Sally making
about what makes up a "family"?
- How is her definition of "family"
influencing how she understands Rob's problems?
As Sally's mentor, what strategies
could Margaret use to help Sally examine her assumptions? The What
does "family" mean? tool could be a helpful place to begin
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