Taking advantage of many of the opportunities we are offered is just the beginning of learning to be curious and creative. Networking with like-minded people or those who expand the ways we think about education are connections that move us forward.
Our first opportunity is coming from a PhD student who can spend an hour or two teaching a small group about the foundation skills and language around coding our wearables. Now this seems like something I would sign up for. Before doing a deep dive into the wearables kits that we have purchased, I think this casual, no-pressure overview is a great place to start. It helps me get my mind around what we are doing, how we are thinking and what the possible outcomes are before we open the more interesting (read complex) kits we have purchased.
For faculty and sessionals, taking the opportunity to visit the Doucette and be introduced to our two newest robots, Jack and Jill, EZ robots with a Calgary connection, will make your teaching and learning a little more fun and engaging. These robots, investigated by Linda Easthope, are charming and accessible whether you like robotics or need a little nudge to include them in your practice.
And finally, Tammy and I have an opportunity to visit the new public library. Looking at the inspirational, flexible work spaces, especially in this library, is an opportunity I just can’t miss. Looking at this beautiful building even from the outside, inspires me to want to pursue my interests in various spaces inside. I see they even have sewing machines. The new library’s space is inspirational for all who are curious and creative.
My advice is to take or make opportunities to move forward in your teaching and learning. Find out about something new like coding, make an appointment to meet up with Linda, Jack and Jill or just visit a new spot like the library. Any one of these things can be inspiring and can challenge to move your teaching and learning forward.