Eoghan O’Neill
TeachNet Moderator

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your post. Your use of the word ‘agency’ is telling, and one which is very apt in this regard. We would all be privileged if our work allowed a child to develop his/her own agency and call out inequalities/discrimination, etc. In some of my earlier posts, I pointed to picture books as an effective stimulus for exploring these themes. The dramatic strategies that you have listed are an extension of this. Sometimes, it’s beneficial if ‘personal feelings’ are removed from a scenario and it is discussed through the fictional lens of characters in a book and story. Questions can then be directed to how they would act if they were in a similar situation, etc.

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