Happy New Year! As we enter a New Year of possibilities, we want to inspire you with today's post to step into the influence we have in our role as instructors.
We invite you to kick start your teaching year by watching a video. It's a TED Talk by Aimee Mullins, an athlete, actress and model whose lower legs had to be amputated. In this TED Talk, Aimee reframes the word “disability" into “diversity". The full video is worth a watch, but if you're short on time, fast forward to the 17-minute mark for a direct connection to education and instructors.
When Amanda and I watched this video, we were reminded of a favorite quote about teaching from our own Teresa Menzies: “We don't teach subjects; we teach students," she says. And she is so right. Those faces in front of us in the classroom or the shop or behind the screen in an online course? Each one represents an individual who brings their own life experiences to their learning.
Let's embrace that diversity and strive for inclusive learning environments for all our students this year.
One way to do this is to adopt a “plus one" approach to your teaching practice. In other words, what is one additional thing you could do every time you teach a course to strengthen your inclusion practices? For example, you could:
The options are endless, but adopting a “plus one" attitude makes improving the inclusiveness of our teaching more manageable.
Sign in above, enter your RRC credentials, and join the conversation by sharing your “plus one". How do you commit to being more inclusive in your teaching for learning in 2020?