There are limited opportunities on campus for us to engage in meaningful and honest conversations about this issue that will shape our futures. Climate change is not only an environmental issue but also a mental health one.
Of course, being neurodivergent is not the only identity that players might explore. If given a safe space, players can explore issues of race, gender, potential future career and education paths, and understanding what it means to be a gamer.
I focused on whether or not they felt welcomed into the community and whether or not they felt heard. I looked beyond the College Board’s pre-determined learning outcomes to students’ level of engagement, play, and curiosity.
Consent is necessary to respecting students, and to valuing and empowering them. We cannot fully expect students to authentically participate in their education — and the education of their peers — when they are being forced to do so.
Creating a pedagogy of care required unlearning many of the lessons I’d absorbed about disability. It required thinking not just about my own body, but the systems that police our bodies, that exclude, marginalize and enact violence on some bodies.
This volume is about personal stories, episodes from the lives of educators which have in some way shaped their practice. More specifically, it is about educators with roots in professional practice prior to entering academia.