Earlier this year I participated in a web carnival organised by the Teacher Development Special Interest Group (or TDSIG).
The focus of this web carnival was to look at how teachers and trainers cope when things go wrong during a class or workshop, and what can be learn’t. I think this is a beaut theme. Failure can be awful to live through, but reflecting on failure can be alchemical: cringe inducing moments – even disasters – that, in the absence of reflection, could be damaging can instead be transformed into insights or moments of realisation.
The three sessions featured in the webinar can be found on this website; have a listen if you’re a teacher or trainer.
My presentation – which talks about dealing with triggered unhappy memories – can be found here.
For all those facilitators, trainers, teachers, consultants out there I’m curious: what is the worst thing that happened to you in a group session, how did you cope, what did you learn? Leave comments below.