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When students feel safe being vulnerable with their classmates, it strengthens their relationships and improves learning outcomes.
A big part of working with students is creating an environment that makes them feel safe to stretch and make some mistakes along the way.
Recently my Edutopia article “Highlighting ‘Good’ Mistakes in Student Work” was shared on Twitter. One comment suggested that a teacher should be careful about publicly sharing mistakes to avoid embarrassing students. Absolutely, a mistake-friendly classroom environment should be well established before publicly discussing errors. A student must feel psychologically safe before opening up to the vulnerability of sharing mistakes.
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