INTEGRATING NEWLY ARRIVED MIGRANTS AT SCHOOL rerun edition

INTRODUCTION

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Module 1

Newly arrived migrant students in the school

Why do teachers feel isolated in teaching newly arrived migrants? What overwhelms the educators? What intimidates the process of integration? Why communication is a challenge? These and other questions are being answered by Barry van Driel, Secretary General of the International Association for Intercultural Education

1.1 Challenges & Opportunities

Successfully integrating newly arrived migrant children in our society is one of the key challenges for Europe at the moment. Schools have a key role to play here, but often they lack the experience and external support. Welcoming newly arrived migrant children at the school is a huge task for the school management, teachers, but also all staff members.

1.2 MEETING THE NEEDS OF NEWLY ARRIVED MIGRANT STUDENTS AT SCHOOL

1.3 Models of school integration

Organisation of Integration

How is the integration of newly arrived migrant students organized in your school? What are the advantages/ challenges related to the way your school organizes integration?

1.4 Organising support within & outside of school

Some general concepts and specific ideas how at school level things can be organised in such a way so that newly arrived migrants can be effectively supported

The importance of building within and outside of school functioning networks of colleagues and external partners, allowing for regular exchanges

How schools should prepare themselves for the arrival of newly arrived migrants at their school

TOGETHER
INTEGRATION THROUGH PLAY
TRADITIONAL POLISH WELCOME GESTURE
FIND HELP IN NCTSN FOR TRAUMA KIDS

1.5 Example of a community-based project

  • Community engagement cannot only be a requirement for the successful integration of our students, it can also be a method to help both our students and us as educators build up exactly the type of community network
  • Build a project together with your students to start engaging with the community
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1.6 Activity: Preparing a development plan

A development plan that you can put into action at your school.
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the plan is still under construction

Module 2

Newly arrived migrant students in the classroom

2.1 Preparing yourself and your class for arrival of newly arrived migrant students

How can we as teachers be in a position where we feel confident that any newly arrived migrant student feels comfortable, supported and ready for learning??

How to get started and what to be aware of right from the beginning?

How to prepare yourself and to manage expectations?

How to prepare yourself and your “regular students” to welcome the newly arrived migrant students in your class?

2.2 Live Webinar: 8th May, 17:00h CET

by Erika Hummer & Nair Carrera
  • The integration of newly arrived migrant students in daily school life
  • Summary of the webinar
  • New pupils in our classes: how can we dispose our "regular students" for the new situation and how can we create a friendly and positive atmosphere in our class to make the newly arrived migrant students feel welcome and how can we support them."Use the webinar as an opportunity to ask Erika some direct questions about her ideas and experiences as well as any other aspects where you are unsure about.

2.3 Supporting specific needs of newly arrived migrant students

Newly arrived migrant students often have some very specific needs that you as a teacher cannot always support them with.

Tips how you can help your students already by creating a safe and welcoming classroom environment.

  • CREATE SAFETY ISLANDS WITH NO VIOLENCE OR PROPAGANDA ELEMENTS AND WITH CLEARLY STATED RULES FOR ALL SCHOOL COMMUNITY
  • PROVIDE A SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOLOGIST OR TRAUMA EXPERT AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES
  • INVOLVE MIGRANTS INTO CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES DISCOVERING THEIR POTENTAIAL
  • LET THEM DREAM THEIR FUTURE BY SHOWING POSITIVE ASPECTS OF LIFE
  • NEVER EVER FORCE THEM TO REFER TO THEIR PAST WHICH THEY SO MUCH DESIRE TO FORGET UNLESS THEY WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT IT THEMSELVES.

Below the example of the very simple action taken by Marina Hulia - the social voluntary helper to the Kids from Brest Railway Station- the Chechen kids with their mums who managed to cross the Polish border after numerous applications to the Polish government for asylum. They are staying now in the refugee centre trying to organise their new life.

2.4 Classroom activities to support newly arrived migrant students

WHERE TO GET STARTED?
A must to read
Turkish, Korean & Polish students solving English language assignment

2.7 How to foster community building in the classroom

Where there is a will, there is a way

The unit will treat mostly about sport activities but in fact inviting nature into the common plays is a tremendous way of releasing tension and finding a good, friendly milieu for getting closer one to anther. Look at the flower wreaths creation by students of Turkey, Poland and Korea whose languages differ so much that they had to find ways of communication other than their mother tongues. English of course, was only partly helpful as Turkish kids did not have a good command of it, yet they managed.

Cumayani, Turkey. Polish class hosted by the little mountainous Turkish village

Sports activities can be very useful to get different students do something together without using many words.

Exemplary exercises you can use in your classroom in order to enhance the trust between your students and to foster the community building in your classroom.

Cooking together, planting trees together, playing together, dancing together, painting together, praying together, exchanging gifts together, sightseeing together, getting crazy together. As it is easy to decode - "TOGETHER " is a KEY WORD

2.8 Activity: Finalising your development plan

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Me and Them wonderfully together
....see you soon in the next course....

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