Why teaching tolerance is needed now more than ever

teaching tolerance Feb 02, 2017

I had another blog post prepared for this week but I felt that it wasn't appropriate given the events this week in my country of Canada and the ban in the United States.  It is rare for me to voice my opinions about political matters but I felt that sharing the resources listed below is important.

Earlier this week, a person opened fire on a mosque in Quebec killing 6 people.  This kind of gun violence is rare in Canada and our nation is shocked.  I support the words of Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau.

As a member of TESOL International, I was proud to see that they took a stand this week and have been very vocal about the ban in the US. Several resources have been posted in one of the TESOL online forums.  I wanted to share them with you as I believe that as teachers, we have a role to play in teaching not just tolerance, but inclusion and diversity. As an ESL teacher for the past 21 years, I have had the opportunity to teach students from all over the world.   I feel privileged and honoured to teach newcomers who make Canada their home.  

From TESOL

Link 1 - is an article that addresses how we can discuss the issue referencing other resources that can be used.?www.tolerance.org/blog/what-do-i-say-students?

Link 2 - is an educator guide that discusses refugees?highlighting ways we can support, empower and mentor targeted immigrant and refugee students.
http://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/im_uac-educators-guide_2016.pdf

Link 3 - is a poster in English that can be displayed to show all students they are welcomed.
http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/TT_This_School_Welcomes_poster.pdf

From a fellow Canadian colleague, Rusul Al Rubail - She has listed several resources on her blog post

https://rusulalrubail.com/2017/02/01/resources-to-teach-about-the-muslimban/

For this poster and teaching resources http://www.tolerance.org/

 

About Me

My name is Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., TESL and I reside in Canada. I have 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Curriculum Writer in Canada including 7 amazing years in Hong Kong. I have taught students from 8 to 80 years in a variety of programs such as ESP, EAP, Business English, and language programs for new immigrants in Canada.  I now work as a teacherpreneur http://www.teacherpreneur.ca doing the things that I love such as writing courses, blogging, sharing teaching materials, and instructional coaching for new teachers. Having a flexible schedule allows me to conduct short-term training around the world at any time of the year.  Download free teaching resources at http://www.patricepalmer.ca

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