Promoting involvement through collaboration
En ce qui concerne la dynamique de la collaboration en With respect to the collaborative classroom dynamics, he insists on the value of the initial introductions of all the participants: “This is an essential moment that encourages the participants to meet each other, engage in debate, and share feedback. While the teaching team structures the approach, the learners enrich the questioning process, which is greatly appreciated.”
He also stresses the relevance of using concrete examples and bringing forward entrepreneurial strategies from Indigenous communities, because it fosters involvement and learning.
Has he had challenges while teaching in tandem? He prefers to refer to a process of mutual discovery and fruitful exchange. Laurent Simon and Dave Laveau defined common fields of interest and rapidly realized they were a natural team. They also made sure that each of them had enough space to express himself, because they were aware of the need to balance their knowledge and experience.
Having an impact on society as a whole
Laurent Simon has learned a lot from this adventure. In particular, he has come to understand the dynamics of interaction with the members of First Nations communities. He has adopted a slower rhythm, making it possible to delve deeper into topics, to foster exchange, and to give everyone the chance to speak, even persons who tend not to express themselves as much. He has discovered numerous innovative First Nations initiatives, ones that highlight the positive influence Indigenous communities and their projects have on society in general.
His time at FNEE bears witness to the importance of intercultural collaboration, of listening, and of sharing knowledge for an enriching and inclusive education. His teaching and continuous learning have had an impact not only on the participants, but also on himself as a professor committed to promoting diversity and innovation.