BEFORE EACH LESSON...
- Check-in on your participants. It is important to honour the identities and lives of the people in the room with you. The stories you’ll engage with are not isolated instances and should not be considered as such. Instead, they should be viewed as an insight into the realities of oppression and an opportunity to honour its existence and build empathy. Checking-in with your participants is important in them feeling that their individual stories matter and will help them in building the connections needed to benefit from the lessons. In addition to asking them how they are, you should open up the floor for folks to share information about themselves, their experiences or thoughts they have about a previous lesson.
- Review your foundations. Before delving into the individualized lessons, be sure to review the concepts covered in the Foundational Lesson. This includes the theories, language and tips. You may benefit from having some of the knowledge from this lesson visible within the room for reference.
- Encourage participants to take notes. Make sure each participant has a Viewing Aid before watching the video(s) for each lesson. Encourage them to use it to take notes or to help guide them in identifying the Systems, Barriers and Access at play in the story/ies they will watch. These things may not always be discussed directly in each lesson, but it is still important that participants understand and can identify them in each individual story.
- Emotionally prepare your participants. Some of the videos deal with explicit expressions of trauma. It is important you watch the videos before presenting them to your participants so that you can emotionally and mentally prepare them for viewing. Consider that some participants may have similar stories to the ones being told and could have an emotional response during or after viewing. Always provide a disclaimer before viewings and remind your participants that they have the right to step out of the space if they need to.