The two aspects that work best for me and my curriculum are relevancy and humor. Students, I believe, learn best when they can see a reason for having to do what is required. When they can make a personal connection to their own goals and objectives, I see that they will put forth the effort. And when they enjoy “being in the room” because it is a supportive, friendly, positive class, they seem more open to learning something new.
I’ve learned to be a better listener over the past few years—to seek first to understand, and then to share. I try to be more open to trying new experiences, as well as visiting and knowing new places and people. I’ve been fortunate to travel later in my life, and that has really taught me so much.