The latest Absolutely Intercultural podcast features two teachers talking about the challenges of teaching diverse groups. Jennifer Appave at Kalø Højskole in Denmark and Alexandra Haas of VHS Rhein-Sieg in Germany talk about their experiences with various groups inlcuding refugees.Things to think about Learning styles: Are your learners used to […]

Teaching migrants

Dangerous ideas
“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” Oscar Wilde In my final report from the Internationalisation conference (in Danish) in Copenhagen last week we will look at the example of an adult education institution,  VUC Storstrøm (in English). The main message from this second […]

Internationalising an adult education institution

Internationalisation of education does not just have to happen at institutional level; it can happen at local government level and there was a wonderful example of this at the recent conference (in Danish) on internationalisation in Copenhagen last week. The municipality of Aalborg wants nothing less than to be the best […]

Internationalisation: not just for teachers

So how does an organisation internationalise itself? At the recent Internationalisation conference in Copenhagen we heard about one youth organisation’s experience. The first thing that struck me was that experience was built up gradually and perhaps a little haphazardly but they are now at a stage where they have an […]

Internationalisation of a Youth organisation

Key Action 1 Erasmus+ proposals must be based on an internationalisation plan. This means that your institution needs a plan about how it will internationalise or Europeanise, before funding can be granted for specific projects. In my last post I mentioned that this was primarily as a way of improving quality in […]

Why internationalisation?

Effective teacher development does not just happen in courses. Mentoring, coaching, peer evaluation, observation,  lesson study and personal journaling are all valuable approaches. So why do we propose a residential course for getting to grips with the basics of culturally responsive teaching? There are two main reasons. If you are […]

Why residential?

opinion 2
I just joined Zaretta Hammond‘s Facebook group (author of CRT & the brain) and she pointed me to an article in the Irish Times about the need for CRT in schools there. The article describes the need for culturally responsive teaching given the dedicated but homogeneous cohort of staff in […]

The wider audience

Although this one relates to school rather than adult education, the case of the clock that a teacher thought was a bomb illustrates many aspects of the need for culturally responsive teaching. Is an image worth 1000 words? The first point to be made is that it is dangerous to […]

Home-made clocks

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students This is a book by Zaretta Hammond which was published this year by Corwin Press and is an excellent reference even for those of us working in adult education. Hammond takes us through […]

CRT & the brain