Benefiting from human connections.
Effective teachers understand that they never know what questions or dilemmas a student will bring through the door. In addition to academic issues, students (just like the rest of us) always have a bag full of personal and family challenges. And those concerns always have an impact on classroom success.
Corporate managers have the same dynamics with people on their team. Ministers with their congregation. An activist with community residents.
And consider the inverse. The managers, ministers, and activists have their own baggage. Do the people in the room, stop to consider that perspective as well?
Everyone has a story. We might not (and usually do not) know the nuances of those stories.
What we will discover at the heart of each story plot line, however, are human beings with human challenges who can benefit from human connections.
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While this short video (59 seconds) addresses faculty issues, consider a space in your life where the questions pertain to you. After all, no matter the situation, it always comes down to a teaching and learning moment for the people in the room. We have to pay attention.
My latest book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I will be conducting (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).
You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
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