... time for blog writing totally non-existent!
Guilt does kick in, when the work is piling up under the pressure of urgent tasks requiring collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving - a case of using our global skills in real life contexts.
August was supposed to be holiday time. It was form-filling and strategic meetings galore!
September saw the launch of our local school linking programme again, with a visit to Google for Social Media training thrown into the schedule (awesome!)
October brought us a lot of travelling within the UK - Liverpool, Manchester, London, to name a few destinations. Professional development, networking, new project planning and event coordination filled the diary.
What about In Others’ Shoes? How are things going?
Preparation for TPM 2 in Italy has commenced, with analysis of lesson plans, gathering relevant story book resources, and getting flights and accommodation booked, to name a few things. Of course, there is still loads to do!
Alongside the great ideas put forward about how to tackle the theme of migration through discovering history, using role play and thinking creatively, some resources have emerged as promising entry points.
There are the powerful visual images found in “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan https://vimeo.com/74292820
For younger children, the sensitively-written “My Name is not Refugee” by Kate Milner has great potential
Is there a way to make use of these stories and the innovative https://refugeerepublic.submarinechannel.com/ to explore the realities of refugee camp life?
Our partner schools in Germany and Italy have already devised student activities based around “The Raft” by Lucia Salemi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKT9AdqYesw and "War" by Janne Teller http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/War/Janne-Teller/9781471161476
Of course, we are keen to explore multiple perspectives and move beyond one-dimensional narratives. We need to look at the huge benefits of intercultural cooperation and understanding. We must learn to hold our assumptions lightly, challenge ourselves to embrace change, appreciate difference and reflect on our personal attitudes and values. This is one of the great lessons on offer to those prepared to embark on the Erasmus+ learning journey and apply it to the reality of daily life.