why a guest speaker
A guest speaker tells a personal story to students and adults. The impact of a personal story that is told live in the classrooms is an indispensable addition to the history teaching method. Interaction and dialog with students is used as an engaging guideline. But we also want to surprise, bewilder and awaken. The intention of the guest speaker is to let the students think for themselves about war, prejudices, racism, and antisemitism. With every application, we find the right guest speaker
I find it hard to tell the history of the Holocaust. I see that a good number of children find it difficult to imagine. Partly because grandparents are no longer with us and little or nothing is told about it anymore. But also with children with different cultural backgrounds, I see that WWII and the Holocaust say very little.
A guest speaker who tells a personal story of his or her family who has experienced WW2 or another genocide makes history come alive in the classroom. In the follow-up conversation with the guest speaker, there is also the necessary interaction with the students.
As a teacher, I notice that I sometimes I find it difficult to teach my class about the Middle East conflict. The emotions among my students from VMBO 3 and HAVO 3 sometimes run high and the nuance is sometimes hard to find. I would like to have an open discussion with my students, but how?
We have a project in which two young teachers (Jewish and Islamic) jointly deal with the history of WWII and the Middle East in three block hours. The connections they make in relation to their personal stories make open discussion possible in the classroom.
What does the guest lesson consist of?
The guest lesson is a personal story and can - depending on the choice of the guest speaker – be told with the help of media and literary / theatrical / visual / musical elements. Subsequently, an interview takes place, in which questions can be asked and discussion can take place. The personal story takes approximately 25 minutes. Afterwards, the follow-up discussion takes about 30 minutes, but can also take longer if a dialogue with the students about prejudice, racism and anti-Semitism is desired.
The guest lesson is suitable for primary education (groups 7 and 8), secondary education, MBO, HBO, universities and theme meetings.
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Jelle Zijlstra graduated as a theater teacher and theater maker at ArtEZ University of the Arts. His work is socially critical, but above all a study of human behavior in different circumstances. Jelle made performances for Theater na de Dam, among other things, based on interviews with people who experienced the war. He takes this experience into account in his work for NA DE OORLOG.
Sarah van der Vlerk
Sarah van der Vlerk is a jack-of-all-trades: playing, creating, writing, teaching, and training. In 2013, she graduated from the Directional Training at the drama school in Brussels (RITCS) and then learned to teach at the Maastricht Theater Academy for another year. Sarah likes to see strong images, both physically and in text. She is interested in the motives of people.
As a post-war generation having a history in relation to WW2 (including Jewish, Indian, resistance, Roma and Sinti, NSB) of another genocide.
Don't be afraid to speak in public for groups. Experience is not necessary, but it is a bonus!
Have a heart for children, young people and education!
Anne-Maria van Hilst
Anne-Maria van Hilst studied history and Hebrew at the UvA. Since 2017, Anne-Maria has been co-head of education at the Liberal Jewish Municipality of Amsterdam. For NA DE OORLOG she guides individual guest speakers in the conversation with the students after their personal story. She has been active in the interreligious world for years, so she has experience with conducting difficult conversations.
Anouk graduated as a theatre maker from the Royal Theatre Academy in Den Bosch. Since then she has played in various music theatre productions, made her own musical cabaret performances about her Jewish roots, taught theatre and wrote a series of columns for the Nieuw Israëlitisch Weekblad. The colourful telling, writing and theatricalisation of a personal story is what she is made for.
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