In June, Amanda Le Rougetel and I attended and presented at the Teaching Professor Conference in New Orleans.
I attended a session on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that was presented by Chris Lanterman from Northern Arizona University. As each participant entered the room, he asked us to share our name and, when I said “Janine", he replied, “Oh right, you're from Canada. Welcome." I was surprised that he knew something about me, and I thought I was an anomaly. However, he then proceeded to greet each participant with something specific about where they were from or what subject they taught.
Chris Lanterman is blind, so he was working entirely from memory.
I was so impressed by the effort he invested in creating an inclusive learning environment for each participant. Greeting each of us as he did made us feel welcome and it helped build a collegial atmosphere from the very start.
For many Instructors it's the start of a new term. An essential part of our job is to build relationships with and among our students. And for that, we must know their names.
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