Grow empathy and awareness about migrants and refugees can be a difficult thing nowadays. Historical migratory movements have been happening ever since humans exist. And moreover, without them, we could not explain what we have become as societies. Especially about languages, culture, and identity. As a primary school teacher, I have seen that most of my students (as well as their families) are unfamiliar with their own migration history. Which happens to lead to a mistaken point of view towards the arrival of immigrants and refugees.
About the learning scenario
This learning scenario is intended to be an interdisciplinary project for 11-12 year-old-students where tutors, ESL, and ICT teachers have an important role in helping stu lps developing their own point of view about migration. Students will work in collaborative groups of 4-5 students and it might last between one and two weeks, depending on the level of commitment each teacher puts into the project’s development.
Journeys of migration: using Europeana resources to introduce the concept of migration
From the perspective of a student-based project, and using Flipped classroom methodology, the tutor will prepare the materials for students to start understanding the topic. Then, the tutor will conduct a reflection about it once back to the class. With the help of Europeana’s collection “journeys of migration” as a starting point, students will conduct research about the migration periods lived by their country in history.
Students presenting period of migration history
Under the ICT teacher’s supervision, students will go through the creation of a presentation about the period in history of migration they worked on. He/she will present different tools that students might use to create their presentations in which they will include the pictures collected from Europeana’s collection.
And sharing their reflections outside of the classroom
Students will also disseminate the project results. They will be guided in posting on the school’s blog. There, materials and reflections will be shared with the rest of the school community. Following with the dissemination of the project, students will be responsible for presenting their reflections to other classes.
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