Enabled Education: My Philosophy, My Story, My Approach.
Enabled Education is a collaborative partnership designed for all students – adult, child, male, female, ASD diagnosis or neuro-typical. Enabled education supports wellbeing. I have employed this philosophy in all educational sectors– preschool, primary, secondary, VET (Vocational Education) and tertiary. Enabled education is grounded in collaboration and partnership with teacher, student, and community. It is holistic in nature and empathic in approach.
I have struggled to cater for student’s individual needs in many classroom settings. I have experimented with philosophies and approaches and found the simplicity of what I call “Enabled Education with a person-centred approach” works for teachers and students.
This teaching and learning philosophy embraces enablement through welcoming the personal narrative. The educational goal is enablement with empathy. Enablement needs empathy.
The challenge is that empathy is not easy for the stressed teaching neuro-typical. For me, I had to remove the labels and develop an understanding of my student’s individual narrative. I could not do this on my own. I needed a community to help build meaningful and authentic education. My community includes the student, their family (siblings, carers, parents), friends, other students, other teachers, books and specialist. This journey for me, continues to grow and evolve.
In summarising my “Enabled Education” philosophy, there are four key aspects of the empathic approach. These are: