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Teacher vulnerability engenders trust

Interesting post on “Vulnerability as a Connection Tool … in Distance Education” – there’s a 6-minute video clip and the following description:

Today’s hot topic deals with teacher’s  & trainer’s vulnerability in distance education. This is a very important subject as many of us at times feel vulnerable and cannot come up with the correct answer on the spot.

In this video I share 5 strategies that help me feel vulnerable and safe at the same time in a distance classroom.

  • Strategy # 1:  Turn your competitive disadvantages into your best-selling points
  • Strategy #2: Confidence is overrated. Keep doing what you are doing, and confidence will come
  • Strategy #3: Be authentic and vulnerable
  • Strategy #4: Change your role online
  • Strategy #5: Don’t give away your power

I appreciate any comments or additional suggestions for Karen! Please provide your insights under the video.

She’s talking to recent graduates and grad students, but much applies more broadly. She talks of graduate students needing to learn how to teach themselves about topics of interest. I believe that we should encourage this in students from the earliest grades.


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