I recently wrote about an example of what not to do if you want your learners to feel included and your content to be accessible.
It had to do with differentiated learning and not being told upfront what that meant. Harumph! (e.g. I’m tired, it’s the end of a long day and you, the presenter, have just lost my attention by not explaining a term).
Funnily enough, a few days later, this time with my other kid, I was presented with a great example of access and inclusion.
Let my explain. My youngest is interested in cooking. Let’s just say this, he has his own frying pan and spatula (not to mention other cooking items that are overtaking our kitchen). As part of his Christmas gift I’d arranged to take him on a behind the scenes tour of a culinary arts program. His eyes were almost as big as the many frying pans we passed as we went from kitchen to kitchen, touring the school.
At one point we saw students cutting out decorations and carefully setting them aside for baking. We stopped and talked to the instructor and received a great mini-education on tuiles.
Tuiles are just that, whisper thin bits of cookie dough, rolled and cut into fanciful shapes, baked and then used to decorate desserts. See the picture above. (Is your mouth watering yet?)
Voila! Great mini lesson. Great example of satisfying our curiousity (learner curiousity being a trainer’s best friend). And great example of being inclusive (here, let me explain this to you) and accessible (watch, ask questions, I’m here for you).