Thursday, August 25, 2005

like people group together

In my health class today I asked the kids divide themselves into groups of 4 for our project on different types of families. Bar none every group divided themselves racially...minories in groups and whites in the other groups. I have 32 kids in here right now.....one group of 4 is mexican and black boys, another is asian girls, some groups of all white kids and one group of all hispanic girls.

I wonder why this is? So many of these kids don't even know each other but when asked to get into groups, automatically segragate. It fascinates me. I am having them flex their artistic muscles by drawing their families in whatever way they would like. I'll post a couple of their works this weekend. It helps me to understand them and where they are coming from.

Tomorrow ought to be interesting here as well b/c its the 1yr anniversary of this kid who got shot in a gang fight. All hell broke loose here last year so we were issued a warning to keep our wits about us in case there is any retaliation. And people say teaching is easy! Dude, I'm like Michelle Pheiffer from Dangerous Minds!

2 Comments:

At 2:09 PM , Blogger Fed Up Patriot said...

That sounds like my Junior High. The blacks and mexicans would always fight each other. I would play peace maker all the time because I was "down" with both crews.

As for the grouping, we are gentically bound and drawn to what we know and understand. IT's a security thing that has added in our survival as a species.

Net time have them count off in eights, then gather with like numbers. That should split things up quite nicely.

 
At 8:12 PM , Blogger Tori said...

yeah, i usually pick the groups but I wanted to see who the friends are in the class and if I need to change my seating chart.

 

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