|Role-playing: What can bystanders do?|
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This workshop is divided into two sessions of approximately one hour each. Plan to take a break after "Understand the EHL materials," before moving on to Session 2, "Experience the classroom."
Step 1: Workshop objectives
The teaching methods you will learn in this workshop are "Role-playing" and "Using stories, photos, and videos." You will explore these methods with the help of Exploration 1A: What can bystanders do? and Exploration 1B: Looking at humanitarian acts.
These two explorations raise the questions: "What effects can bystanders have on others?" and "What is the nature of humanitarian acts?" The explorations introduce students to stories of ordinary people who, on their own, in times of war or other situations of violence, acted to protect the life or human dignity of people whom they may not know or whom they would not ordinarily be inclined to help or protect. This workshop is designed to raise the same questions for teachers. The aim is to familiarize yourself with a variety of pedagogical approaches for exploring the real-life stories that will help your students focus on how ordinary people develop the courage to act.
Take a look at the following workshop objectives:
Overview: What goes on in this workshop?
In this online workshop, you will do Exploration 1A: What can bystanders do? and Exploration 1B: Looking at humanitarian acts, as if you were a student. You will also view a slide presentations on the teaching methods used in this exploration: "Role-playing," and "Using stories, photos, and videos."
You will need to keep an EHL journal to record your reflections. You may use your own paper journal, or download our journal template and type in your journal entry.
Step 2: Understand the EHL materials (60 minutes)
Read and clarify
Use the EHL journal template for note-taking as you view the slide presentations.
Do the exploration
You might be wondering: "Why do I actually have to engage in the activities that my students will do in class? Why can't I just read through them?" Many teachers feel that way initially. By doing the exploration as if you were a student, you will absorb the material and the issues related to it as your students will. In addition, sharing your reflections in Community activities will give you an opportunity to interact with teachers who have similar questions.
Do Exploration 1A. If you are doing this workshop in a group, selected teachers should conduct Exploration 1A, using the suggested sequence role-playing activity "How incremental acts build humanitarian strength" (found at the end of the exploration). (30 minutes)
If you are doing this workshop on your own, invite a few friends or family members to participate, so that you can practise setting up a role-playing exercise.
Discuss the exercise from the point of view of each of the role players:
Now do Exploration 1B.
EHL Journal reflection
After doing the explorations, write down your thoughts on the advantages and the risks of using role-playing as a teaching technique.
Take a break and continue with Session 2 later.