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ERIC Number: EJ1237572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
The Importance of Intellectually Safe Classrooms for Our Keiki
Baba, Trevor
Educational Perspectives, v51 n1 p28-30 2019
Intellectual safety occurs in classroom spaces where "there are no put-downs and no comments intended to belittle, undermine, negate, devalue, or ridicule. Within this place, the group accepts virtually any question or comment, so long as it is respectful of the other members of the circle "At the core, managing a classroom should not be about controlling or micromanaging students; rather the foundation should be based on positive student to teacher relationships. The hegemonic structure of school makes it a challenge for teachers to develop intellectually safe classrooms. Hegemonic structure of schools, Effective and respectful disagreement does not simply happen in a classroom, it starts with trust and understanding of why disagreement is necessary. When taken to heart, intellectual safety will push teachers and leaders to retrain their mind and bring positive culture to the forefront of how our classrooms and more importantly, our lives are run. Students engaged and invested in intellectual safety may take these skills beyond the walls of their classroom. This article puts forth the idea that thriving relationships and partnerships are essential in and out of the classroom and they are grounded in spaces where stakeholders feel safe to express thoughts and ideas without the fear of judgment or ridicule--creating intellectually safe spaces are not simply a benefit for the classroom. It is a goal for any human interactions one may be invested in. This article challenges readers to apply intellectual safety both within and beyond the walls of the classroom. Creating intellectually safe spaces is a skill that can be applied to any profession where employees feel heard and an integral part of the team.
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Language: English
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