Roseanne12 months ago
She was teaching an Int'l Community Development summer course at UC Davis. The first thing she did after our first class was to get a smaller room so that we could sit in a circle, facing each other. She emphasized that we each have our own unique perspectives and experiences to contribute, and always encouraged our voices. Curriculum-wise, it was a well-balanced mix of readings, discussion, writings, guest speakers, and projects that explored different approaches and perspectives.
But what I most take away from her class was the encouragement to believe in and explore the alternative. I had many "but if they do this, then the system..." etc. Now I ask, "why not?" and "let's see how it can be possible."
I truly appreciate her genuine interest in our learning and our perspectives, and the experimentation and exploration of curriculum. This was the very first class she ever taught.