Conversations about teaching and learning can happen anywhere, anytime! Sometimes they occur naturally, but sometimes we aren’t sure how to start and need some support . 


  1. Start with a questionBe curious! Start with an observation or an open-ended question. This allows for a back-and-forth exchange. 
  2. Share your own experience Share something from your own teaching experience that has you wondering or questioning. Showing that you are open to discuss your own practices is a great way to get others to share their own. 
  3. Pay a complimentIs there something from their teaching that you admire? Share a compliment to get the conversation going.


  1. Don’t interrogateNo one likes to be peppered with questions. Allow time for the conversation to flow before you ask your next question.  
  2. Don’t give unsolicited adviceDon’t offer advice unless you have been asked for it. You may have great ideas, but sharing them too soon can shut down the conversation.  
  3. Don’t start with the negativeFocusing on finding a solution to our teaching and learning challenges, rather than honing in on the negative, can result in a much more productive conversation. 


Sometimes starting a conversation can be all about finding the right time and place! Have the conversation started for you by attending a CTE workshop or event or booking a SparkShop for your department!