I am interested in the educational application of the Art of Hosting techniques. What would happen if the teacher took up the role of host? Does anyone have experience or information on the use of Open Space or World Cafe as a teaching method? What about using the methods in an on-line environment?
Any assistance would be appriciated!
I am very much on that path as well. Teachers as hosts.. Yearrh !
As I wrote earlier in here somewhere :-) I am co-hosting a 3 day workshop in September for teachers, principles, municipalities and everyone with a passion for the "Future of Public Education".
The workshop will be in Danish, but I will make sure to find a way that we can share the outcome in english somehow. Stay tuned.
Please let us know how the workshop goes
warm regards, Jennifer
Hi Jeff, welcome to this community! We are also currently looking into a future learning space in a youth club in a social hot-spot in Berlin to work with AoH there. Tim Merry one of the AoH Stewards has been working for a while in youth organizing. Here is an insight into his work: http://swb.box.net/shared/kozsonzmxh
Looking fwd. to hear about your AoH experiences in VT. Best from Berlin, Frauke
This is a lovely thread, Jennifer. Thanks for offering the question!
I believe that good teachers have always taken up the role of host (most often unconsciously). Now we are in a position to become intentional hosts, because we have an awareness of its potential and want more of it in every aspect of education. For me, hosting is how we "are" when we create the space for deep conversation that results in a "new move." I call this "new move" learning.
As an intentional AoH teacher, administrator, and consultant/host, I have brought this art into my work with students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members in various ways and shapes. The best situations have involved all of the above in conversation together about things that we desire to advance and evolve to a greater level. Sometimes those conversations have taken the shape of Open Space or World Cafe. Sometimes they have been Circle Conversations and sometimes they have been opportunities for Appreciative Inquiry. The desired outcome or "new move" has helped design the process that takes us forward.
What happens when AoH becomes the way of being in conversation? Something new and exciting emerges because we take time to connect in deep ways with ourselves, with others, and with what's possible. Ingenuity is in every gathering, and embodying hosting is the best way I know of to uncover it!
The topic of hosting within education was raised again on the emaillist...
Heather Plett wrote:
In response to your query about hosting others' learning, I teach a course in "Creative Writing for Self Discovery" in which I am very intentional about using circle as my teaching methodology. I introduced it by saying that I believe that we have all brought wisdom into the room, and we will all be learning from each other, and therefore I do not want to stand in front of them in a position of heirarchy. I explain the way that the circle will serve as our container for holding the stories we will share and that we will hold the edge for each other when the stories become raw and vulnerable. I've invited participants to bring in talking pieces that they can hold as they share their writing. We ring the bell at the beginning and end of the session to mark are entry and exit points, and we light a candle in the centre of the circle.
Thank you Ria for connecting to the AoH listserve. What called my attention to this was the 'hosting learning' piece on Amy's original questions:
Have you hosted others' learning? How do you use Art of Hosting in classroom or workshop settings?How have you described the difference between traditional top-down teaching and hosting learning?
I've been also working in a school for a bit more than a year now - since I have no more than 8 kids with me, a table with a flipchart on the centre is my regular setting.
Even though there is a (understandable) tendency to derive to techniques used, I'd like to go back to the question above in search for attitudes and skills you might share with us: how do you 'host learning' as a teacher / in your classroom ? What changed?
Would love to hear from you.