How are you teaching about the topics of refugees, displacement, and immigration? Are your students discussing current events? Are they undertaking research to understand and debate causes and solutions? Are they thinking about how these issues affect their local and larger communities, and what it means to be a global citizen?
It isn’t always easy to discuss current events with students. There are many different feelings and approaches to bringing potentially controversial topics to the classroom. We are interested in hearing about this from you, and sharing your insights and ideas with other teachers. Submit your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration, and check back often to read, support, and comment on posts by other teachers.
What Can I Write About?
Here are some ideas for topics for your blog posts, but you are not limited to these topics. We recommend the posts stay between 250 and 600 words.
- Describe a lesson plan or activity that you implemented in your classroom about refugees or immigration that went well.
- What is an activity you tried that resulted in unexpected or rich student conversations or personal insights?
- How do you address community concerns (whether from parents, students, or administrators) and support multiple points of view?
- How do you talk about current events, such as a refugee crisis, with elementary students?
- How have you taught students about the differences between migrants and refugees?
Some additional requests and notes:
- Don’t forget to proofread your submissions, and include links to resources if any are mentioned.
- It is helpful but not necessary to submit a photo to go along with your post. If you submit a photo of students from your classroom, please confirm that you have asked and received permission from their parents/guardians to post the photo on the Learner.org blog site. (We will not post their names or the name of their school.)
- We reserve the right to edit posts for clarity and length.
- We will let you know if your post is selected for publication on our blog via email.
- Please include the following information with your materials:
- Your name
- Title for your post
- Grade level
- School location (city or state)
We look forward to hearing from you!
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