Re-read the conversation between Tanisha and Shelley in light of what you’ve learned from his unit:
I’m just so mad at the kids who pick on James in that math class! Miss McGregor is clueless. I can’t talk to her.
Yeah, she’s a new teacher. She has a lot to learn.
No kidding! She needs to learn it fast.
It won’t be fast enough for James, I’m sorry to say. Sometimes I wonder where they find these teachers!
Do you think I should move James to a different school? Would that make things better?
Maybe. Well, I don’t think anybody’s gonna do much for James here. He’s a sweet kid, but lots of kids here are just mean. Their parents don’t care, like you do! I’m real sorry for James. Maybe it would be a good idea to get him out of here.
Thanks Shelley, you’re a good friend. I’m gonna think some more about this. I wish you could come with us to the new school!
- How could Shelley have been more discrete?
- What’s missing that would have helped Shelley be more dependable?
- Is Shelley being impartial here? Why or why not? (This is not like breaking up a fight…or is it?)
- She’s clearly not being loyal to her instructional team, but is she being loyal to the work? What do you think?
- What more would you need to know to judge Shelley’s loyalty to the work?