The Instructor Zone

Expectations

  • Practice the Body~Mind~Heart Connection
  • Restorative Practices Overview
  • Understand the Sequences – New and Returning
  • Understand the main Program Components Overview (As Explained to Participants)
  • Best Tips on How to Run a Session
    • Website Run Through
    • Digication Run Through
    • Instructor Housekeeping

Land Acknowledgment

In New York, we are on the ancestral land of the Lenape people.

We say this to acknowledge that, no matter when or how we personally arrived on this land, we each have a relationship to the life and the pain that this ground has been witness to.

Let us take a moment to reflect on the responsibility of that relationship.

Let us be stewards of this land and make a connection to it that allows us to leave it better off than when we arrived.

If you’d like to learn more you can go to these links to get a deeper understanding.

Setting the Container – 

In our sessions together – we will always “Set the Container” and that means we will make commitments to each other on how we will work together.

Click the Group Commitments below to read through what to expect in our sessions together.

-You are here ~ Be present ~ Be Kind ~ Treat others how you want to be treated

-Let perfection go and share your experiences – We must work together and learn from one another in order for our process to be fulfilling.

-Remember impact over intention – As shared we often have the best intentions and we do not always realize the impact our actions have on others. When you get a reaction you were not expecting say “ops” and if you are on the receiving end say “ouch.”

-Notice our own biases and judgments – We all have them. Let’s not ignore them!

-Realize our privilege – It exists and is based on different seen and unseen identities we hold – we deepen our connections to one another when we acknowledge as much.

-Practice self-care and community care – Take care of yourself – when done right – you will take care of others!

Tool ~ Mindfulness Check-in

Restorative Practices

  • Not a Transmission Model or Rote Teaching

  • Build Community, Trust, and Opportunities for Learning Through Conversation

  • Focus on Relationship

Sequential Go-Arounds

This is a circle in which a question or discussion point is raised and students answer in turn, proceeding around the circle in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. A volunteer may offer to go first, answer the question and choose the direction to proceed (to the volunteer’s left or right). The circle keeper may be the first to answer the question and choose the direction. Or a circle keeper may ask a certain student to begin.

Non-Sequential Circles

Non-sequential circles are more freely structured than sequential circles. Conversation proceeds from one person to another in no fixed order. This type of circle allows a discussion to evolve organically and can be used effectively for problem solving, as well.

Fishbowls

The fishbowl allows certain participants — in the inner circle — to be active participants, while those in the outer circle act as observers. Fishbowls can be structured entirely for the observers’ benefit so that they can observe a specific process or certain interactions. They can also be set up for the participants’ benefit, allowing observers to share their feedback at the end of the activity.

What we need you to do?

  • Embrace the process

  • Encourage participation

  • Model the practice

This is the core of your work with the participants

Sequence Snapshots

Session Step-by-Step

Website Run Through

Digication Run Through

What You Need To Know and Do:

  1. Participants are being given more creative license this year – please inspire them to create!
  2. Track their pages not their exact progress as they will be allowed to edit everything all the way up until the last week.
  3. Give them feedback based on the rubric we will provide to them (not prepared yet).