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The Staffroom Podcast S1E12: Vulnerability

The Staffroom Podcast with Chey and Pav Season 1 Episode 12: Vulnerability


In Episode 12, we are talking about Vulnerability, and what it means for teachers to be more vulnerable in their classrooms. Pav began with talking about getting out of comfort zones, making mistakes and not striving for perfection in our learning environment. As she states, it’s okay to not always be in complete control of every situation.

I bring up the fact that we, as educators, need to start getting comfortable with the fact that we can be vulnerable, so that kids are getting the best possible learning environment; a safe and comfortable space to maximize their learning. Teachers need to be able to show their weaknesses, so that students can learn to be more comfortable in the learning space. We both went on to discuss a little bit about how we have both become more vulnerable as teachers since we started our professions in education. Pav and I began to become much more understanding about why we do certain things in our classrooms. We used to be far more strict and stern with our programs, because these processes were easy to employ and enforce. Everything was black and white, there was certainly no room for grey!

Teachers need to be able to show their weaknesses, so that students can learn to be more comfortable in the learning space.

We go on to highlight some of the characteristics of vulnerability – being a risk taker, exposing limits, and not being afraid of failure. Teachers create a safe space for creating classroom culture, and therefore, it is important to employ all three of these characteristics in order to be able to maximize student growth.

An example of how Pav has overcome her discomfort is with student questioning. She has allowed herself to now be more vulnerable so that students are better able to see that she is human, she makes mistakes, and she is willing to work on them in the future in order to make herself better. Everyone, therefore, becomes more perfectly comfortable in the space, and begins to be okay with their levels of understanding in the room.

Pav and I continue by talking about bringing passion into the classroom, and not faking authenticity. The authenticity is what impacts the learning the most. When we witness vulnerability, we are better able to ourselves be more vulnerable too.

This week we introduce Nick Mann, creator of the TeacherFit program, as he speaks about his amazing program in the 3 Enlightened Minutes Segment of the show.

This episode really was very reflective in nature and gave us a real moment to reflect on our personal growth as homeroom teachers! Indeed take a listen and join us in the Staffroom!

Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education. Come join Chey and Pav; partake in the Staff Room chatter that all teachers and educators can connect with.

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