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Teatime Conversations

Teatime Conversations

Special interest groups - talks about a specific theme with a moderator and those who are interested in the topic.

Meet, share and learn from each other and maybe even create something new.

 

NEW: Teatime Conversations

Meet in special interest groups, over tea, coffee and biscuits or cookies, and talk about a theme close to your heart.

This is your chance to meet other teachers, share, learn from each other and maybe create something new.

Each conversation has been suggested by one or two teachers, who are also the facilitators for each group.

You can just walk up to a session, no booking is required.

Teatime Conversations

Sessions Count:

This is the list of all our confirmed teatime conversations and group facilitators, sorted by title.

AT meets Yoga, Tai chi, Qigong and other forms of gentle movement.

Portraint David Moore

David Moore
Victoria, Australia

AT meets Yoga, Tai chi, Qigong and other forms of gentle movement.

The Alexander Technique is more and more presenting itself as an essential element or a missing link for many practitioners of different forms of movement. Let’s meet under the moderation of David Moore to share stories, creative solutions, experiences and questions.

Teatime Conversations
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
17:15 h - 18:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Sports||Practical Teaching Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Cultivating Inspiration with Colleagues: A Strategy Session with the Experimenters Union

Cultivating Inspiration with Colleagues: A Strategy Session with the Experimenters Union

In the Experimenters Union, we believe that the Alexander Technique is valuable, fun, and possible for ordinary humans of all kinds to do well. We believe that each one of us has a particular way of teaching that is valid and will reach people in a way that no one else can. Yet many of us have gone through periods of confusion and doubt about our ability to do this very rigorous work. Perhaps you have noticed self-judgmental thoughts arising when in the presence of colleagues, and you would like to feel more confident and at ease in your teaching. Perhaps you’ve made discoveries in your teaching that make you wonder if you are still teaching the AT, if you’ve strayed off course, and you’d like to have a safe place to test those ideas and get feedback without feeling judged. Teaching as a profession takes a tremendous amount of courage and fortitude, and we all experience trepidation and doubt. It’s normal! As creative, innovative people, we can be curious about what might be sources of discouragement and create strategies to deal with it. During this teatime, hosted by members of the Experimenters Union, we will facilitate an open discussion of the following questions: What creates inspiration in us as teachers? What thoughts, processes, activities, and formats for work exchange bring joy & learning? What causes discouragement for us as teachers? How do we know the difference between inspiration, constructive feedback, and discouragement? We have developed some powerful formats for working together that we would like to share, and we’d like to hear from you too. Discouragement may be caused by comparing our skills to those of colleagues that have completely different influences and backgrounds than us. It may come from trying to emulate a master teacher whom we are nothing like and never will be. When we look more closely, we may see that we measure ourselves against very vague, shifting standards that make it impossible to succeed. We have found that a non-competitive, non-hierarchical work exchange format seems to inherently create a sense of safety & non-judgement. With no master teacher to emulate or please, at a certain point in our career we are much more likely to be honest about our struggles and questions, try out new ideas & teaching methods, and laugh at our own habits of thinking, moving, and relating to each other as colleagues. Using this safe container, the skills and qualities that we wish to develop as teachers improve deeply and continuously, surprising and delighting us. If you want to create more spaces like this in our profession, this teatime is for you.

Teatime Conversations
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
17:15 h - 18:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Let’s Save the Alexander Technique NOW!

Let’s Save the Alexander Technique NOW!

The Challenge: Globally, there is an increasing concern regarding the ongoing decline in the number of Alexander Technique teachers and training schools and that public interest in the Alexander Technique has dwindled. As modern society continues to prioritize the use of technological resources, Alexander Technique has fallen increasingly behind in relevance and trust. The educated global citizen is technologically savvy and has high expectations of internet and social media resources, which the Alexander Technique community has not successfully provided yet. Furthermore, when potential new students investigate Alexander Technique online, they often become confused about the Technique because of the lack of consistent messaging and seemingly amorphous teachings that are often confused with other modalities. In a modern world where technological awareness and sophistication reign supreme, how do we compete with internet noise and countless somatic options? How can any meaningful change occur if Alexander Technique communities do not learn to reconcile their differences? How do we save our work? The Solution: Michael Mah (Secretary-Treasurer) and Heather Campbell (President) of Alexander Technique Canada, will lead a discussion about these challenges and potential solutions to push the Alexander Technique forward as part of a global initiative. All attendees of the Congress are invited to contribute their ideas, talents, and resources as part of an international effort to establish long-term stewardship of the Alexander Technique. The goal is to develop connections between teachers and Alexander Technique organizations, share effective strategies to reshape the public presentation of Alexander Technique, and increase its relevance in a modern world. They will also present proactive ideas by showcasing Alexander Technique Canada’s new website, marketing strategies, and community-oriented campaigns. These discussions will establish the vital connections needed to build better, more resonant global internet platforms together in a way that brings AT teachers and the profession together in a unified direction. The Vision: Survival requires that we come together, set our differences aside, and promote the strengths of each of our diverse traditions The Alexander Technique profession needs to clarify its message regarding its skills and principles to distinguish it from other modalities We must build public trust and credibility through the development of modern internet platforms, robust social media, and marketing strategies Sharing of ideas, resources, and communication can help Alexander Technique organizations shift their priorities away from insular management and toward community engagement A New Collective: Following the discussion, Alexander Technique Canada will accrue a list of names and organizations that are interested in moving AT forward together. It plans on hosting an International online forum where Alexander Technique organizations and teachers can freely exchange ideas and resources to better promote themselves. Collective future goals can include engaging in: global marketing campaigns a universal Alexander Technique website resource the establishment of international programs in which member organizations will be able to share resources, have international student exchanges, and participate in international masterclasses, among many other potential projects. Together, let’s move Alexander Technique into the future!

Teatime Conversations
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
17:15 h - 18:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
Communication/Verbal Skills||Business / Marketing

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Seeing White, what does this mean and why is it important to an AT teacher?

Jennifer Mizenko portrait

Jennifer Mizenko
Mississippi, USA

Seeing White, what does this mean and why is it important to an AT teacher?

Before this Teatime Conversation please take a listen to the podcast series ⇗ Seeing White. Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity…. Notice how listening to this podcast affects you? What are you noticing? Is your startle response stimulated? What does the information from this podcast mean to a teacher of the Alexander Technique? Here is the link to the podcast: ⇗ www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white

Teatime Conversations
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
17:15 h - 18:45 h
Room not yet assigned

CATEGORIES
DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone