A short reflection on the Holocaust

Recently in the History Society I asked students what they would like to study. A huge amount of students asked to study World Wars and in particular the Holocaust. The reason for this was the promotion and coverage of the Holocaust Memorial Day on the news and over social media.

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The amount of coverage of the Memorial Day is noble as it does raise the hope that mistakes made can ensure people are aware of the injustices that occurred in history, and not to be repeated again.

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However, despite this report it does well to view recent FBI reports that it is the Jewish community that still the most persecuted religious community in America (reported attacks). To realise and hear that the Jewish community is still being persecuted despite the atrocities committed against the Jewish community highlights how we may not be learning from our past mistakes.

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When teaching about World Wars or the Holocaust it is important to remember that there is still injustices occurring the world despites our best attempts

What would you do? Morals – LC example

Morals – What would you do?

What would you do  (WWYD) is an American newsmagazine and situational hidden camera television programme that has been broadcast on ABC since February 26, 2008. It is hosted by news correspondent John Quiñones.

The program features actors acting out scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras videotape the scene, and the focus is on whether or not bystanders intervene, and how. Variations are also usually included, such as changing the genders, the races or the clothing of the actors performing the scene, to see if bystanders react differently. Quiñones appears at the end of each scenario to interview bystanders and witnesses about their reactions.

As the experiment goes on, psychology professors, teachers, or club members watch and discuss the video with Quiñones, explaining and making inferences on the bystanders’ reactions.

How does this tie into Morals?

First of all look at the Definition of Morals: concerned with or relating to human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong behaviour: moral sense. 2. adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct. 3. based on a sense of right and wrong according to conscience: moral courage, moral law.

How does this relate to the Leaving Certificate Curriculum aims?

What would you do ties into these LC Religious Education aims:

  • The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, expressive, intellectual, for personal and home life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure.
  • Additionally, it also ties into All Leaving Certificate programmes, in contributing to a high quality education, emphasise the importance of : self-directed learning and independent thought, a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, self-reliance, initiative and enterprise, preparation for further education, for adult and working life and lifelong learning

as it promotes students to become aware of the global world in which they are living in today and how they interact with the world around them is done through Morals.

Also, WWYD raises topical and current issues which are in the media which the students can relate to. This can promote critical thinking and engaging responses from students on topics which require personal language in an everyday situation. (Ties into to examine some understandings of ‘morality’ and the implication of these understandings for personal decision-making and to identify the elements and context of a moral decision.)

Why use WWYD in the classroom in regards to Technology (Web 2.0 Tool)

WWYD is a viewed by the students through a web 2.0 tool – YouTube. This is incorporating and expanding students minds as to how they view short clips online – social online awareness.

Additionally, it highlights critical thinking and moral judgement to students to never judge a book by its cover either – as it’s revealed that each scenario those in the video are witnesses to are set up so to speak.

Few examples of WWYD clips available on their youtube channel.


Resources to go with this video!

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/336468/Scammers-sell-3-pregnancy-kits-online

http://www.naturalnews.com/045174_pregnancy_tests_women_relationships.html

http://www.alternet.org/latest-troubling-internet-trend-selling-positive-pregnancy-tests

This is a video which most students can relate to if you can break it down and ask can you think of a time you didn’t have enough money for something.

Would you let someone go without baby food.

Embracing the christmas time – WWYD – similar topic to the previous video.

 

Resource

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New resources I have been trying out which I recommended any teacher to try out!

-studyclix (free upgrades for teachers)

-wordpress.com

-powtoon(there was an offer on for a free account, not sure if it’ still going)

-edmodo(connect with classes and save time photocopying. Also, I’ve found putting up the clips or powerpoints I have used in class is helping students revise and create discussion outside of the classroom.)

-21classes (blogging sphere for students. Mixed feelings on this. Look for a post on it later in the week!)

Mental Health Week

While in class today – I was trying to encourage Mental Health Week and positivity in the Classroom through simple ideas.

One such idea was simply asking students to rate their homework and then simply giving themselves a smiley face or a love heart beside their work and a huge tick on the margin of their copies for trying their best .  The idea worked well as the students responded very positively to the small change in the usual homework feedback.

However, the students shocked reactions and enthusiasm  to this simple tasks makes me wonder when correcting homework are we so focused on the answers and responses that we fail to see the amount of work that they put into the homework?

The students response to the positive feedback has sparked my interest in regards to what are the implications of positive feedback on homework. What have scholars said?

I’m hoping to research this throughout the week and update by the end of the week. Mini research project!

If anyone has ideas or thoughts on the topic or wants to add to please do!


Update currently trawling through peer reviewed journals and shocked by the amount of research and varying opinions!

Can’t wait to share these findings and research!


National Chocolate Day

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In honour of it being National Chocolate Day and realising that I have not made a Religious Education Resource Post recently – I am going to take the opportunity to do both!

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No spoilers

Chocolat describes the story of a Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk who open a chocolate shop in a quiet traditional French Village. However, she opens the chocolate day on the first day of Lent – which causes a stir among the quiet French Village.

Not only has she caused a stir by opening a tempting chocolate shop during Lent – she goes against traditional norms by having an illegitimate child and being an atheist (please do bare in mind the cultural and time setting of this film if showing it in a classroom). Nevertheless, this does not deter her as she gradually begins to win                                                               over the townspeople with not only her  chocolate but her personality.

This is a great film for teaching Religious Education – overcoming stereotypes. One of the biggest downfalls of Religious Education in an academic environment is there simply isn’t enough time to go through every single religion, cult, sect, belief, understanding, traditions etc. etc. thus we tend to generalise which in turn leads to stereotyping.

Also, another theme that comes through is the power of friendship. Throughout the film it’s highlighted how friendship can overcome differences.

Happy Chocolate Day!

Mental Health Blog

Short blog!


Recently I’ve been blogging about mental health and ways to cope with stress which can be related to general workloads.

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However, from experience most people connect with personal stories better, thus I wish to draw your attention to this new blog TMeileen (It’s okay not to be okay x). I promise this blog will become a must read – thus watch this space!

She highlights the awareness and stigma surrounding mental health in Ireland and how it is ok to seek help. Sometimes we can be afraid to seek help and support or even just talk. However, it is perfectly ok! Hoping this blog will help others and inspire people to ask for help or support when they need it!

Additionally, there is a twitter hashtag #itsoknottobeok.

Pause and take a moment – Before you tweet

Future Careers dashed because of a Tweet? 


On this blog there is a lot of reference to using online social media platforms such as twitter, blogs, educational websites and resources. Each of these websites allows for people to add and express opinions on these social media platforms – which is great!

However, sometimes it’s easy to forget  that these are public online social media platforms that can be accessed by anyone. 

Students have to abide to strict internet usage policies, and most schools have certain websites blocked in schools to ensure safety. However, outside of school what protects students from making a social faux pas mistake online for the whole world to see?

Students outside of schools may not realise the impact that their social media platforms will have on future opportunities. For example:

66 percent of recruiters reconsidered candidates because of spelling and grammar errors in their social profiles (U.S. Money Worldwide, June 15, 2015)

Though this may seem irrelevant to education it may make a good lessons on creating awareness of pause and think before using any social media platform which can be accessed.


Resources


12 things students should never do on social Media 

Social Media Mistakes 

Examples of Students being expelled

Interesting Resource

Ever have trouble remember someone’s name but you can remember what their name began with? Was it a, no b? Well this project252 is similar in allowing people to upload resources beginning with each letter.

Well worth looking at all the resources or even taking one resource a day for a while until you’re familiar with a sizeable amount. There is still time to contribute as well!

http://project252.donenda.com/featuredletter.php

Great project and looking forward to seeing it completed!