You’ve signed up for that workshop you’ve been wanting to take. It’s started. You’re in. You’re motivated. You want to feel included. You’re learning… well sort of. Okay, not really. Enter major roadblocks to your learning. It's time to make your workshops … [Read more...] about Leave no one behind: Four inclusive, accessible steps to teaching workshops (Part two)
You’ve signed up for that workshop you’ve been wanting to take. It’s started. You’re in. You’re motivated. You want to feel included. You’re learning… well sort of. Okay, not really. You'll learn how to make your teaching workshops inspiring, engaging, and accessible to all. But … [Read more...] about Leave no one behind: 4 inclusive, accessible steps to teaching workshops (Part one)
As the door banged open, announcing a late arrival, the instructor motioned us to do what he’d asked us. The sound of 100 feet shuffled as we, other students already in class, got up, turned around and pointed at the now shocked student. “You’re late!” chimed 100 voices. Yes, you read that … [Read more...] about Leave no one behind
What advice would you give your younger self? It's an intriguing, thought-provoking question. And especially timely with International Women’s Day coming up March 8th. It was posted by Dr. Cris Wildermuth, Associate Professor at Drake University on LinkedIn. She wrote about the advice she’d … [Read more...] about What advice would you give your younger self?
Being embarrassed to ask a question can have disastrous consequences. Think sex ed, health issues, politics or any other hot topic. Not feeling free to ask questions can lead to a flood of misinformation and dangerous behaviour that spreads. Years ago, at a drug and alcohol workshop for … [Read more...] about A primer for creating a safe space for sensitive questions
Last week I talked about a horrible example I took part in where learning was not at all accessible. Butterflies in my stomach were only one of my symptoms I was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong instructor. Here are 10 examples of how I’ve made learning more accessible and … [Read more...] about 10 examples of how to make learning more accessible for everyone
I was about to experience one of the worst teaching examples of inclusion ever. The auditorium was packed. I was sitting in my seat with my palms sweating and a cage full of butterflies in my stomach, which were threatening to escape. I was nervous and completely out of my element. I’d … [Read more...] about My palms were sweating and the butterflies in my stomach were threatening to escape
Prisms, rain chimes, textured pillows, the Fete de la Musique in Paris and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Any guesses what these all have in common? They’re all examples of things that bring joy which Ingrid Fetell describes in her book Joyful, the surprising power of ordinary things to … [Read more...] about Ten tickets to sparking more joy for yourself (and why that’s so darn important)