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The Power of Being Vulnerable

posted Sep 9, 2015, 3:45 AM by Wesley Akers

    Building positive relationships has been at the forefront of my behavior management plan. Christopher R. Friend's article emphasizes the necessity of breaking silence about who we (teachers) are as real people. In honor of National Coming Out Day, Friend shares an unpleasant experience and focuses on his missed opportunity to be vulnerable and real to his students. Without vulnerability, it is difficult to build trusting relationships and this article challenges us to break our silence about the parts of our lives we hide from students. Although there are some parts of my life I would never share with my students, I think the challenge to be vulnerable to students is worthy and the payoff is meaningful. I linked the article to the image below.