MYP-DP Dialogue about Empathy and Inclusion
In order to create a work and learning culture that genuinely includes students with disabilities fully, we need to talk about what it means to be a part of our community, how we display and live the values that we appreciate, as well as what our responsibilities are with new members of our community.
A few weeks ago, MYP and DP students participated in an assembly in which they viewed the short film “The Butterfly Circus” and then worked in small groups. While working in groups, students exchanged their points of view about some of the most significant ideas in the film; at the same time, teachers collaborated with different teams in order to promote balanced dialogue and to encourage students to express their opinions.
Affective skills are not the type of skills that students need to be lectured on. In order to appropriately foster these skills, students need to be given a platform to experience situations that may lead to consider using these skills. Therefore, it is crucial that we design real-life-based engagements that will “move” students and encourage them to open up and share their perspectives about different issues.
For us teachers, these learning scenarios represent an opportunity in which we can learn more about our students, and truly get to know how our community is formed, and how it is evolving.
The images below show the discussions students were having in small groups.
A student summarized the experience by stating the following:
“This short film is engaging because it portrays its message beautifully using the butterfly and its transformation as a metaphor. I think the film talks about the changes that we all go through in school and the problems that maybe we don’t want to talk about. For me, it is so encouraging to see a film that has an inspirational message.”