Reconciliation Week

Jenny Brockie








Exciting things planned for in TPP106 class on Tuesday for Reconciliation Week.  Being the 3rd of June – Mabo Day, the topic is extremely relevant – The importance of Land and Sea for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Our topic is very broad to enable all students to take a different perspective i.e. health, education, justice, housing, native title.  

Our group of 25 students will partake in a simulation activity, somewhat like the SBS show INSIGHT.  I play the character Jenny Brockie, the host of the show and from the word go, I am on my toes.  Students come in character or in the role of a significant person.  Armed with their research, students must bring their relevant ‘researched character perspective’ to the very lively debate.  ‘Guests’ for tomorrow may include: Gina Rinehart, Uncle Bob Randall, John Pilger, Tony Abbott, Constance Petrie, Pauline Hanson, Arthur Phillip, Noel Pearson, just to name a few.

The 3 hour process is broken into 3 parts and is similar in part to a Yarning Circle.  First hour, students give their opening statement to identify their character and position/perspective.  In the second hour, the conversation crosses the floor (unlike a Yarning circle) and the characters engage and respond to each other statements.  Finally, the last hour allows the student to bring their perspective into a closing speech and reflect on how it was to play their character.   Some students play characters that are far removed from their personal standpoint and find this last hour important to get out of character and debrief.  I’m excited about this style of learning and will update you on how it all goes!!

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