Year: 1998-1999
Month: November
Leader: Group M

Situation/Case Study:

Teacher has a "power child" in his class. Teacher can control by giving choices. Sometimes as the child works independently she displays a powerful attitude toward her peers. The subject lately has been religion. Teacher gives students time to discuss but then has to cut in when the conversation is getting too deep. Where do you draw the line when you see peer power. Also, adding the issue of religion.

The teacher feels very frustrated because the student is defiant and rebellious. Where does religion fit in the curriculum? How do you stop the conversation so others are not involved and why is the student wanting to talk religion? A power struggle? Control? What is the student looking for? Attention? Teacher needs to deal with other parents who may be offended by these discussions

Theories behind practice:

Impact on others:
Control. church vs. state. power struggle. communication.

Talk to the student about the place of religion in the classroom and see if there is another group where he can discuss this topic. Talk to the parents to understand where this need might be coming from. Can the parents identify a church group where the needs of this student might be met? The principal needs to be brought into this discussion and involved in taking measures to be sure this child is not offending other children and parents.

Wanting attention; angry; trying to deal with a religion issue.