How you can participate
October 2015 is IATEFL Global Issues SIG special event – War & Peace Issues Month! For the third year in a row, we are holding a month-long online event. This is an asynchronous event, developed with the aim of sharing ideas about teaching English with a conscience, this year through the lens of “War & Peace”.
We would like to provide a platform where we can come together as a community of educators, teaching English through inspirational communication about real issues of concern to all global citizens.
This is a huge topic, with a wide range of possible topics:
- Migration / Displacement / Refuge
- Race / Discrimination / Belonging
- Global citizenship / Global community / Stories / Connections
- Wealth /Power imbalance
- Religious / Economic / Political ideologies
- Volunteerism / NGOs /Activism / Diplomacy
- Militarization / Arms industry
- Passivism / Non-violence
The idea behind this month is to share lessons and strategies that raise awareness in your classes and your schools about issues relating to our issues month. We deliberately chose a broad topic to allow flexibility of choice. As long as it’s about War & Peace issues (as opposed to, say, a lesson about your family tree), we’re interested.
This is where you can share your ideas, links, experiences, thoughts…
It’s simple. Just leave a comment and/or contribution below. We will be doing a weekly summary of these contributions, as well as those that come through our Facebook page or Twitter.
Here is a grab-bag of ways you – teachers, teacher trainers, writers, classes – can take part.
1 Share an activity or lesson plan
Submit an activity or lesson plan idea to the Facebook page or right here. We’ll be reporting weekly highlights of these ideas here at our blog.
2 Inspire us to inspire our learners
Post a link to a picture, video, poem, game or website that links to one of these issues. Please state briefly what you would do with it. Again you can do this right here, or on the Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest.
3. Share your thoughts, experiences, challenges
What is your personal context, interest, concern when it comes to teaching about War & Peace? What about your students? What are their experiences, fears and passions around these issues? Share your story, as an educator, or as a global citizen.
4 Teach one of these issues and tell us about it!
Teach a lesson based on one of the resources you see shared during the month and let us all know how it went. We can all learn from each other in this way.
5 Share the knowledge
We’d love to see some short book reviews or film reviews about any of these issues that can inform us as educators. If you’ve read or seen something that inspired you about the theme of War & Peace, please let us know.
6 Do some action research
Your students could perform a survey, create materials or something else. Share the results with us here!
7 Get creative
Make a real or virtual poster to link to the issue. We’d love to gather a collection of classroom-generated poster images in order to produce a feature on this for our website. You don’t need to restrict yourself to a static image; we’d love to see your own videos too (although please be aware we can’t show videos or photos of learners without permission here).
8 Take real action
Begin a Peace-related project at your school (e.g. organize a class fund-raiser for a refugee organization or organize a class mixer/awareness-builder with groups of students who have different backgrounds or identities). Please share with us how it goes.
9 Link up with a non-profit organization
Make links between your class or school and a non-profit organization. Invite a guest speaker, do a presentation, take the class on a field trip. Again, let us know how it goes.
AND FINALLY… Please spread the word!
This event will only be successful if we spread the word about it:
- If we all made it a point to inform our own colleagues about what we are doing during this month, we could have a lot of exciting and diverse input!
- Post a link to your school’s website.
- Show your support by liking our Facebook page.
- During the whole month of October please come back regularly to this page and Facebook to see what people are saying. We’ll be tweeting about it as well.