Taking action against prejudice > Activity 4.4
What can we do to help?
- Collect pictures of people in a variety of potentially difficult situations which are relevant to students' lives and appropriate for their age group, e.g.
- a child crying
- a lost child / new student at school
- a parent doing housework
- a teacher carrying lots of books
- a student on crutches negotiating stairs
- a baby with a dropped toy.
- Blutack four pictures onto a small turntable.
- Give each student a turn to spin the turntable.
- Ask students to examine whichever picture directly faces them.
- Encourage students to describe what they think is happening in the pictures, and ask what they could do for the people involved. Use a STOP THINK DO approach. Discuss ways in which students may assist that are appropriate for their age and to the context.
- Elicit divergent opinions and solutions. After all perceptions and discussions have been exhausted replace the photographs with another four and begin again.
- This activity encourages students to feel empathy and feeling for others.
- Teachers should encourage students to analyse the situations and suggest how they could help.
- Teachers should endeavour to leave students with the knowledge that they can make a difference and an understanding of how they may do this safely and appropriately.
Source: Adapted from an activity, What can you do to help?, in HALL, Nada Saderman, Creative Resources for the Anti-bias Classroom, Delmar, 1999.