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Tolerance and Empathy in Today's Classroom is an activity-based teacher's guide to fostering positive group interaction through imagined experience and discussion at Key Stages 2 and 3 (age 7 to 14). In a series of interactive workshops, each one providing a context, a scenario and a list of characters, pupils are invited to engage in discussion, debate and negotiation to solve problems and meet challenges. The primary focus is the promotion of tolerance, empathy and cooperation, as prescribed in the non-statutory framework for PSHE and Citizenship. Key transferable skills in oracy, enquiry and problem-solving are introduced and practised through each role-play, with - specific links to the National Curriculum attainment targets for Speaking and Listening- suggestions for extensive cross-curricular work. The scenarios include local, national and international issues that will engage and interest young people. There are comprehensive facilitator notes and all the resources needed for groups of 30 young people.Knowledge of citizenship is acquired most effectively through active participation. A culture of listening, valuing and responding to others needs to be established. This book helps promote active pupilship as a model for citizenship. Andrew Hammond has worked as a KS2 Class teacher, KS3 Coordinator and Head of English and Drama. He writes extensively for educational publishers in the fields of Literacy, Drama, PSHE, Citizenship and classroom management. He is currently Head of English and KS2 Coordinator at a school in Surrey, where he lives with his wife and three children.


Every class, regardless of size, can soon become entrenched in the dynamics of who is in charge, who is vulnerable, who steals the limelight and who shuns it. Qualities such as tolerance and empathy can be forgotten as stereotypes emerge and roles are forged in the melting pot of prejudices and preconceptions that accompany the introductions on day one. As Dornyei & Murphey (2003) suggest, in the early stages of a group's inception pupils observe each other suspiciously, sizing up one another and trying to find a place in an unestablished and unstable hierarchy. They are on their guard, carefully monitoring their behaviour to avoid any embarrassing lapses of social poise.

Once the die is cast, the resulting verbal and non-verbal interaction between group members ...

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