Presenting on 'Inclusion and ethnic minority learners in primary (elementary) education', with Dr Helen Hanna (Leeds Trinity University).
National Pingtung University (國立屏東大學), Southern Taiwan.
Our excellent hosts! (From L-R) Dr Lee-Feng, Dr Ya-Ling, Dr Helen Hanna (Leeds Trinity) and me (ARTiculate Education)
How to build an inclusive classroom? That was the question for our discussion today at a teaching workshop and lecture at National Pingtung University in Taiwan. Dr Hanna presented on her innovative research in the UK and South Africa about how primary schools include ethnic minority learners in their classrooms and some of the challenges and implications for practitioners.
|Discussing the impact of picture books on teaching literacy|
I was able to add a practical slant on the discussion by presenting on developing empathy in learners through creative literacy teaching, primarily drama to generate discussion and using picture books to generate deep thought. Using The Island – a picture book by Australian-based author Armin Greder – trainee teachers at National Pingtung University participated in activities designed to develop empathy and discussion; we also explored how this is crucial in developing creative writing in young authors.
See below for a photo of students role-playing an argument between the islanders as they decide what to do with the strange arrival. Excellent work! Video to follow....
Thank you to Department Chair Dr Ya-Ling for making us both feel very welcome and also to the students who took part!
The students role play an argument based on the Island - should the castaway be allowed to stay or forced to leave?