The third MOOC bout educators and newly arrived students began in November on 28th November and it is going to end by 18th December.
As usual, it has been an interesting MOOC with lots of ideas and interesting resources which have been shared by the tutors.
This MOOC was a sort of follow-up as we had already done the previous ones but it was also interesting as we were asked to think about what we would do in order to face the newly arrived students in our schools.
It was more about the refugees and how to deal with them at school. Hopefully,. I have not had to face this problem with my students in class but I know that in some areas of Italy schools have children and young students who have just arrived and need to forget their past life and the atrocities they left behind. Most of my students who are not Italian were born abroad but they have been studying in Italy for some years. I think that with refugees schools need to act and do their best but a good team of educators and also financial help is needed. Living in a land where you do not speak the language is a stressful situation, sometimes other people are not ready to help you. In addition, you want to forget and need to start a new life. Families and children need to enter the new society but it is hard.
I have devised a short Action Plan as a final task- I am asked to present it and to share it and some peers will have to provide feedback. I will also have to provide feedback to two more teachers in the Mooc.
Here is my learning diary with the final task:
The resources which we were given underlined the importance of welcoming the new students and presented the activities which can help them socialize. P.E. activities and language input were important to make the young learners start a new living.
I would like to underline that although we have a lot of economic problems in our region- EMILIA-ROMAGNA we have been working with a lot of immigrants and there was special conference in December.
Here is the link to the materials which have been shared by educators:
Twitter has provided interesting documents and more ideas about the best ways we can face our students and their needs:
It is important to remember that every child , every teenager, every man has a right to education. We do need to support them and think about how we can enhance their living and studying in the new land.