topic three – in the community
teacher's notes - general approach
Many problems in our communities today are caused by the pre-conceived
ideas we have about people. We judge them at face-value or according
to stereotyped ideas. This can cause racial, religious, class and
cultural divisions and conflicts.
Task one will show how easy it is to hurt and
be hurt by name-calling. It will indicate the necessity for increased
sensitivity in the way we treat each other personally and in the
You will need enough sticky labels for each person to have
Give every member of the class two sticky labels. On one they write
something they like being called and on the other something they
do not like. They may need some help to get ideas flowing so talk
some ideas over with them (eg. lazy? clever?)
They should stick these labels onto two different members of the
class. No one should have more than two labels attached to them.
Explain that these labels do not necessarily need to be true of
the person on whom they are stuck. In this way they will also learn
that name-calling is often quite unfair.
When they have completed this they should get into small groups
to discuss how they feel about the labels they have been given.
Ask them also to talk over what makes us put labels on people
or call them names? e.g. the way they look, what they wear,
what we think of them.