I see myself as a facilitator, equal in power and experiences to my students. When I teach, I assume all the knowledge I have on the topic is embedded in the audience. My role is to pull it out of people, to deepen their understanding in an interesting, relevant way.
Facilitation skill development
I learned how to effectively facilitate from a number of different experiences:
- Creating good questions (Education 750, McMaster University)
- Body language and importance of positive classroom environment (Humber's Centre for Teaching & Learning)
- Creating fun, dynamic activities (Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI))
- Engaging people in supportive problem solving for healthy behaviour change and facilitating challenging people or topics