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Epoch Educator – S01E01 – Teaching While Vulnerable

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Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) and practices encompass: Rigor, Relevance, and Realness. For this conversation, “realness” is our ability to be authentic and open with our students. This episode focuses on one aspect of realness: the power of vulnerability. Every time we ask a student to perform in class, whether it be to read aloud, write a poem, take a test, or cipher an algorithm, we’re asking them to expose a little bit of themselves.

In order to even the playing field, and earn their trust, it’s important that we do the same. This is where the realness comes in. We as teachers need to earn our students’ trust by trusting them to see our real selves.

Teaching While Vulnerable

Amanda Blaine recounts how deciding to be vulnerable with her students “transformed the learning experience” and her connection with her students. Read the full article here.

“The Power of Vulnerability”

According to Brene Brown, knowing and sharing yourself  helps us to understand humanity. Take a look:

Now, Do Just One Thing

Decide on a “getting to know you” assignment you want your students to complete. You can use one of the downloadable activities or use the phrase, “all about me template” to conduct a primary Google search for other activity sheets. There are many options to choose from.

Complete the assignment yourself, sharing at least one thing that makes you feel a bit vulnerable. Let your students know that it is a little scary to share.

Downloadable Activities for you to try:

  1. I Am Poem
  2. Getting To Know You Prompts

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