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Published: Jun 16, 2016

"Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me."

- Carlos Fuentes

Natural disasters. War. Political persecution. There are a number of reasons why people around the world may find themselves in exile. Currently, more than 27 000 Syrian refugees have sought asylum in Canada. These families, like many other refugee and immigrant families before them, are now in the process of rebuilding their lives in communities big and small across our country.

World Refugee Day (June 20) offers an opportunity to discuss the issues surrounding those that have been displaced and the ways we can help welcome these families into their new home and our classrooms.

The resources featured this month will support your students in thinking empathically about the lives of people seeking refuge in Canada. For younger students, this could involve developing and creating a welcome guide to their new school and community. For older students, it may be recognizing and appreciating the value of being empathic or identifying the possible supports and challenges to beginning a new life in a different country.

This is the final edition of The Thinking Teacher for this school year. The Critical Thinking Consortium wishes you a restful summer and looks forward to connecting again in August.

Free resources

Critical Challenge:
Welcoming a newcomer

Grade range: Primary

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Tools for Thought:

Grade range: Intermediate/Middle

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Critical Challenge:
Supports and barriers to realizing dreams

Grade range: Middle | Senior

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