How Vulnerability Can Make Your Classroom a Safer Place

A conversation with Michelle Cotrelle-Williams on episode #46 of the 10-minute Teacher Show

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Michelle Cotrelle-Williams @WakeHistory applies Brene Brown’s research on vulnerability to make her classroom a safer place. Motivate yourself to be more authentic with your students as we talk about vulnerability, shame, and guilt in the classroom.

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In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • How students and teachers can practice vulnerability in a way that brings positive results
  • How to combat shame
  • A powerful “just because” poetry lesson to promote authenticity and vulnerability
  • The biggest mistakes teachers make that harms student trust
  • Defining vulnerability

I hope you enjoy this episode with Michelle!

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Michelle Cotrelle-WilliamsMichelle Cotrelle-Williams

Michelle Cottrell-Williams @WakeHistory has taught in the Social Studies Department at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA since 2006. Her favorite classes to teach are Sociology and ESOL World History II. Michelle is the Social Studies Department Chair, co-Instructional Lead Teacher, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2017. She strives to model vulnerability and empathy so that her students leave her classroom each day a little braver than the day before.

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