The Norwegian Refugee Council has made an online course to equip humanitarians with concepts and tools for their work to better understand the contexts in which they operate. The course also takes up challenges humanitarians might encounter when they try to access people in need:
This is a Canadian resource, shared with me by Roma Chumak-Horbatch in Toronto, the author of the book Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children (2012). The Living Together website is presented as a supplementary curriculum. Quoting from the opening page, it is “designed to engage students in critical and creative thinking, developing an appreciation of differing viewpoints and perspectives. Here you will find tasks that are age-appropriate and made for individual and group work. There is also a teacher’s guide: http://living-together.ca/index.shtml
Read about Neil Mercer’s arguments about the need for teachers to strike a strategic balance between authoritative presentations on their part and giving students good opportunities to listen and participate in dialogue, elaborate their ideas, question things, collaborate in effective groups, and report back to the whole class:
See also: https://thinkingtogether.educ.cam.ac.uk/#
Enjoy the reports English 2, 5-10 students wrote about their work with vocabulary development in their classrooms. Writing a blog entry was a course requirement in Module 1 of the course.
Christopher | Irene | Guro | Liv Irene | Vigdis | Hjørdis | Tonje
Here is another interesting resource (2015) about inclusive classroom practices. This article was linked from The Conversation. The author is Madeline Shellgren, who works at Michigan State University. The title of her article is “Seven Tips Toward Linguistic Inclusion”: http://insideteaching.grad.msu.edu/cultivating-inclusive-classrooms-toward-linguistic-inclusion/
As an independent source of news and different views, The Conversation delivers articles written by academic and research communities in the UK, Australia and the US. I came across this source in my work with the topic of “linguistic inclusion”. The Conversation takes up a number of different themes. Here is a link to the part about Education: https://theconversation.com/uk/education.
At the end of April, seven teachers of English who have been engaged in further education and continuing professional development (our KFK course) in English at Oslo Metropolitan University will share what they feel is their most significant learning experience this study year. I’m looking forward to reading about those aspects of the course that they highlight as the most effective part(s) from their points of view.
So, this is where you can share your reflections, starting with your individual comment to this post. Later, you are welcome to respond to your fellow students’ blog posts as well. This will be really interesting reading for me and my colleagues.