Performative Risks

My favorite quote from the latest Klingbrief comes from a synopsis of a new book about embarrassment:

All learning demands that we take performative risks that leave us vulnerable to embarrassment, and in Newkirk’s own words, “any act of learning requires us to suspend a natural tendency to want to appear fully competent.” Newkirk unearths the fear of embarrassment underlying seemingly irrational choices that put up barriers to learning; he is particularly compelling on the ways that embarrassment hinders help-seeking.

This is the kind of insight — often just a hunch — that can spur action.  It might lead you to approach certain learners in a different way, ask different questions, add an extra inch to your teaching antenna, or take down your own barriers to learning.  Thanks to Kate Hewitt, from Far Brook School in New Jersey, for sharing that gem.


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