Monday, February 22, 2016

Developing compassion and empathy: Dewson's Syrian family update & letters to a Syrian boy; exploring the Historical concepts/Drama exercise with an example
I know there are a lot of families and individuals who have helped host Syrian families.  Even in our own school -- AMG & The Grove -- there have been contributions to help our newly arrived Canadians, but we don't always hear about those stories in the news.

The first link is to a news story we looked at in the Fall from one of our neighbourhood schools, Dewson PS, and how they were sponsoring a Syrian family.

The second story is a bit alarming, but the response from the students towards a Syrian teen, who was held in a detention centre for 3 weeks in solitary confinement.  Due to public protests and questions, he will be starting school, according to the CBC story, in the High Park area.  It was lovely to see the kind letters of support for Mohammed; children are truly remarkable and optimistic!

While thinking of an example I could use to help illustrate the Historical Concepts/Drama activity, I thought of this news story:

If is of historical significance, since it is in the news, and I will model how to approach setting up this group exercise.  I will probably come back to this post over the next couple of days, but I will be using this chart to help provide some context for this assignment:

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