I was really amazed at Melissa Flemming’s opening, that when she meets a refugee she always asks them about their story.She asks the big questions: “Who Bombed your house? Where are the rest of your family? How are you coping?”
When I meet new Refugee students I tend to shy away from these questions, to not make the student feel uncomfortable or to bring up things the student would like to forget.
But these are their stories that deserve to be heard. It is part of who they are and their journey. Pretending it is not there, does not mean it does not exist.
I am going to reflect on this, as to how to allow students to share their stories in a way that makes them feel comfortable. If a student does not want to share, they would tell me or show non verbal clues.