A Conversation that Nudges Students out of Embarrassment

If you’ve ever taught a bunch of self-conscious middle schoolers, you know that adolescents are perpetually embarrassed about anything and everything. You also know that they don’t just “get over it” when they realize that embarrassment is an impediment to their learning. In that state of biological and emotional upheaval, the rational voice (even when it exists) is drowned in the fear of embarrassment. 

First Year Writing Teacher Support: Your Moves Are Not Their Moves

As writing teachers, we’ve done our fair share of writing ourselves.  We each have our own unique process, a set of strategies we’ve grown comfortable with from practice.  If you’re new to teaching writing, that probably means you did a lot of writing recently in college.  Your process is finely tuned; you’re likely a well-oiled […]

Facilitating Student Learning by Helping them Overcome Embarrassment

Most struggling students have found themselves failing, and many of these experiences of failure become foundations to future embarrassment. This, then, becomes a huge deterrent to learning when the student begins to default to maladaptive coping mechanisms that serve them at the moment but are detrimental in the long term.