Exercises for "Aisha's Shoes"

Aisha is the youngest of a group of children riding the bus. Halfway home, someone begins making remarks about the size of Aisha's shoes. Other children join into the teasing that soon becomes harsh and intimidating. Aisha feels defenseless and begins to sob.

Define the problem

  • What is the immediate problem from Aisha's perspective?
  • Does this situation represent a problem for the bus driver and monitor? Why?
  • Is it likely that some other children would think there was a problem here? Why?

Generate data about the problem

  • What would we need to know about Aisha in this situation?
  • What do we need to know about the children saying hurtful things in this situation?
  • Does it seem likely that Aisha's parent or guardian would be able to provide any useful information for this situation?

Generate ideas/alternate courses of action

  • What are some different ways to resolve hurtful language and bullying behaviors on the bus?
  • How should the parents of the children involved be made aware of this incident, if at all?
  • How should the bus driver/bus monitor discipline the children involved in this situation?

Choose among the alternate solutions

  • What are some of the pros and cons for the responses to the previous question?
  • What would be the best course of action to take when presented with this situation? Why?

Implement the solution or decision

  • Assume that this scenario has played out as written; write a conclusion that demonstrates an appropriate response on the part of the bus driver/bus monitor, and other agency personnel.
  • Who might be a resource within the program that could help brainstorm potential solutions on how to handle some of these problems?
  • What sort of training is necessary to prepare transportation staff to deal with similar situations in the future?

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Last Reviewed: April 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014