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The Key to Effective Teaching is Psychological Safety

The Key to Effective Teaching is Psychological Safety

The Key to Effective Teaching is Psychological Safety. I’ll Let You in on a Secret, fostering Psychological safety is easy if you learn a little about how our brain functions.

Imagine you are a student that was sent to training by your manager and you do not know anything about the topic. The instructor calls you by name in front of everyone to ask you a question on the topic.

How do you feel? Not very safe, I assume. 😨
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What is Psychological Safety? It’s the assurance that a classroom is a safe space for learners to express their thoughts, ask questions, and take intellectual risks without fear of embarrassment or retribution.
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Why is this so important? 🤔

When learners feel safe, they’re more likely to engage, participate, and absorb the material. They’re not just memorizing facts—they’re truly learning.

A Psychologically Safe environment encourages learners to think outside the box and share innovative ideas.

Learners who feel safe are more willing to collaborate and learn from each other, fostering a supportive community.

Psychological safety contributes to a positive emotional climate, reducing anxiety and stress, and promoting overall well-being.

So how do we do that? For the next five days, I will share with you different techniques from Sharon Bowman Training from the BACK of the Room to infuse Psychological safety in your classroom.

In the scenario described above, I’ll use the connection technique Quick Start. I would create smaller table groups and ask the question to the group of learners to discuss and share their learning, instead of putting the spotlight on individual learners. This would help learners to connect with each other, with the topic, and foster a collaborative and safe learning space.

Join me tomorrow, to learn about another amazing and proven technique to create a healthy, happy, and memorable learning experience.

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