Essentials of Dialogue

Students need tools to build societies that welcome diversity and encourage an open-minded and inclusive approach. To support this, teachers need straightforward and simple classroom activities.

"Essentials of Dialogue" is a resource for use in classrooms to build skills of dialogue and critical thinking in young people, and an indispensable part of the Generation Global programme.

Each chapter includes both theory and practical activities to help explore, develop, and practise dialogue. The resource is free to use in classrooms all over the world.

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Difficult Dialogue in the Classroom

It often falls to teachers to address students’ resulting fears and concerns and these resources will help you to work through them in a classroom environment.

Dealing with shocking events is challenging in any classroom, and we are providing this resource to support you as you support your students to achieve a greater understanding through promoting dialogue.

This resource builds on the Essentials of Dialogue, a practical guide and resource package for teachers and other educators to equip young people with the basic skills of dialogue so that as they discuss, they achieve a greater understanding of one another in a diverse and globalised world. It is recommended that you are familiar with the Essentials of Dialogue prior to engaging with this guidance on difficult dialogue.

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Teacher Briefing Note - What is Extremism?

Discussions about extremism, particularly the global threat of ISIS, currently dominate public debate, column inches, and the halls of government. Classrooms constitute a crucial forum for young people to engage with the many challenging elements surrounding this subject.

Generation Global has used its expertise in developing innovative educational pedagogies and teaching resources to develop a series of briefings that break down the current media and policy debates surrounding extremism into resources for facilitating dialogue on these issues in the classroom.

This briefing is intended to equip you as a teacher, with accurate, objective, and nuanced information about extremism.

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Teacher Briefing Note - Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism and Criticism of Israel

Incidents of anti-Semitism continue to rise around the world. Recent years have seen the highest level of anti-Semitic hate incidents recorded in the UK1 and a 60 per cent growth in the US, with a worrying spike in incidents taking place in or around schools.2 Across much of Western Europe, the picture is similar, and in other areas of the world, particularly the Middle East and North Africa and South and Southeast Asia, anti-Semitic hate speech is common in the mainstream.

Please note that we have NOT produced this resource with the intention that it is used directly with students.

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Teacher Briefing Note - Anti-Muslim Hatred

This resource is designed to give teachers a deeper understanding of some of the key ideas and themes of anti-Muslim prejudice, where these ideas come from, how they are spread, what they may look like in the classroom and how they may be countered. It includes suggestions for additional reading for those who wish to explore these issues in greater depth.

Please note that we have NOT produced this resource with the intention that it is used directly with students.

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Power of Narrative

A resource to give young people the knowledge and understanding of how stories and narratives shape our lives, and to give them the skills and confidence to respond critically to narratives and narrators who seek to divide us.

In this module we use the terms narratives and stories interchangeably. In both we refer to the tales that we tell ourselves to make sense of the world and our place within it. These can be local folklore, ‘news’, information from the web, family tales, myths, legends, religious and cultural stories, what we hear from leaders and politicians.

In this module students will explore how they come across these narratives and stories, and the impact that these have on themselves and their communities.

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Action Against Hate Speech

This module is designed to prepare students for dialogue around the issue of hate speech. It builds upon other work on human rights, and explores the balancing act between freedom of expression and freedom from insult. Additionally, it prepares students for dialogue on these issues in our facilitated videoconferences and on our safe, secure, online community.

We encourage you and your students to get involved in educating, advocating, and acting against hate speech in your communities, and sharing your plans with us. We encourage teachers to approach these materials creatively, and to use them to enhance existing curriculum materials.

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