In the case of my yoga community, the teacher who sexually abused students for decades continued to deny any fault, even before an independent investigation. He continued to teach in his own studio, even though he could no longer use the last name of the yoga method in which we learn. Some of our teachers continued to teach in his workshop, while they continued to teach in ours. Because of his status as a quasi-guru, he received a lot of support from his advanced students, and the usual threats and names were aimed at those who spoke against him online, including people he had abused, some of whom were seeking reparations. Although the teacher did not attend the listening sessions, his actions and those of his supporters profoundly influenced the work of the listening sessions. Community agreements help define your role as a moderator and clarify the group`s expectations of you. One of your main tasks vis-à-vis the group is to ensure that these agreements are respected. It`s not about making rules – it`s about establishing and clarifying agreements and expectations that allow everyone in the group to participate. For them to be useful, they must come from the group itself. Once a group has established its agreements, they can be used again and again. As a moderator, you can also contribute to this list.
In addition to the agreements, NESAWG maintains certain assumptions that support the framework and activities of the conference. These assumptions were initially expressed by AORTA and are borrowed with gratitude! In one of your first joint lessons, invite students to think about what they need to make the classroom environment safer, fairer, and more productive for learning: what would best help us work together? You can do this through custom writing requests, think pair sharing, or another active learning strategy. After giving students time to reflect and discuss in small groups, you will make a list of agreements together. . . .