Teacher uses grouping, empathy to teach about conflict between Great Britain, Northern Ireland

05/23/2013 | Guardian (London), The

High-school students were able to develop empathy for others during lessons about the history of the conflict between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, social-studies teacher James Cannon writes in this blog post. For the lesson, Cannon separated his students into four groups in the classroom, with students donning soccer bibs representing their religion. "Students were engaged, focused, and well in the mindset of their Irish counterparts. Learning was in the air," writes Cannon, a teacher in Worcestershire, Great Britain.

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