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 .
- Start with a question – Be curious! Start with an observation or an open-ended question. This allows for a back-and-forth exchange.
- 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.
- Pay a compliment – Is there something from their teaching that you admire? Share a compliment to get the conversation going.
- Don’t interrogate – No one likes to be peppered with questions. Allow time for the conversation to flow before you ask your next question.
- Don’t give unsolicited advice – Don’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.
- Don’t start with the negative – Focusing 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!