We’d had a nice dinner, my friend and I. She had offered to help me with videos for a class I’m developing for the Invisible, Visible World book. She is a generous soul— something we all need more of in our life—generosity. Giving and getting.
I’m combining my creative site with my professional site for a new look and new ideas. (This site will remain right here.) But I want people who hire me to train their employees in writing or critical thinking or problem solving to know that I’m not the “read the PowerPoint” kind of instructor, that in my class, everyone speaks, everyone questions, everyone is invited to engage and participate.
It’s a risky step–there are a lot of companies that don’t want to hear a class laughing. I do. When adults laugh, they are ready to learn. They are eager to try out something new. And that’s the place I want to stand when I teach.
I was leaving the restaurant when I noticed writing on another restaurant across the street. It was a great idea, almost glowing in the evening light. It made me smile. And ready to learn.
–Quinn McDonald is a writer who teaches writing, thinking, and creative expression.
2 thoughts on “Advice From the Sidewalk”
What is particularly interesting is that it is not posed as a question. It is posed as an unfinished thought.
Or as part of an unfinished quote. Either way, I liked the opportunity to leave it open ended. Or to finish the thought in ways that sound worth exploring.