In Episode 48, we explore teaching in a western suburbs’ school where students face bigotry and negative stereotyping based on their race, religious beliefs, and the suburbs they live in.
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- Amra Pajalic is a secondary school teacher and young adult novelist who teaches in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
- Amra went to the same school she now teaches in.
- Amra introduces herself
- The stereotypes associated with the western suburbs in Melbourne, Australia
- Amra’s connection with her students
- The need to escape and reinvent oneself
- Challenging the stereotypes, supporting student agency
- Memoir writing with students
- Building trust with students – so they feel comfortable revealing themselves in their writing
- Writing about being Muslim & challenging the stereotypes
- What’s crucial for teachers to know and do
- Student responses to the complexities of being a Muslim
- Supporting sexual diversity through IDAHOBIT day
- Race driven politics: the impact on students
- Supporting students to work through issues
- Spotlight Segment: Randa Abdel Fattah (young adult novelist)
- The impact of reading a book where you see yourself
- The writing of Amra’s first young adult novel and her current novel
- Living with someone with a mental illness
- Twists & Turns Segment: Changing ideas about what a ‘good teacher’ is
- Plugs for Amra’s books
- Closing Remarks
- The Right Track Segment
Expanding Students’ Ideas About Race, Religion and the Western Suburbs – Links
- Amra Pajalic’s website
- Amra’s novels:
- Additional publications by Amra – What a Muslim Woman Looks Like
- IDAHOBIT – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia
- Randa Abdel Fattah (Lawyer, human rights advocate, community volunteer and young adult novelist)
- Does My Head Look Big in This? By Randa Abdel Fattah
- Maria Vamvakinou (First Greek born woman to be elected to Federal Parliament in Australia)
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