Vulnerability in the Classroom: Why It’s Ok to Not Know Everything

Alfonso Mendoza Jr.
3 min readJul 4, 2022

This blog was inspired by Ep.129 or My EdTech Life with Kevin Dougherty

We’ve all been there. The teacher calls on us and we don’t know the answer. We feel exposed and vulnerable. It can be hard to be ourselves in the classroom, especially when we’re worried about what others might think of us. But vulnerability is an important part of learning. In fact, it’s often through our vulnerabilities that we learn the most about ourselves and others. So why not embrace vulnerability in the classroom? In this blog post, we’ll explore why it’s ok to be yourself and how embracing vulnerability can help you learn more effectively.

Why It’s Ok to Be Vulnerable in the Classroom

Vulnerability can be a difficult thing to deal with. It can be scary to put yourself out there, especially in the classroom. But vulnerability is also an essential part of learning. When we are vulnerable, we are open to new ideas and willing to take risks. We are more likely to try new things and to ask for help when we need it. Classrooms should be safe spaces where students feel comfortable being vulnerable. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be challenges or setbacks, but it does mean that students will feel supported by their peers and teachers. By being vulnerable, we allow ourselves to grow and learn in ways that would not be possible otherwise.

How Embracing Vulnerability Can Help You Teach More Effectively

When we think of effective teaching, we often think of educators who are confident, poised, and in control. While those qualities are certainly important, they are not the only ones that make for a great teacher. In fact, some of the most effective teachers are also the most vulnerable. By embracing their vulnerability, they create an environment in which students feel safe to take risks, experiment, and make mistakes. As a result, students are more likely to engage with the material, ask questions, and persist when they encounter difficulty. In short, vulnerability can be a powerful tool for teaching more effectively. Of course, that doesn’t mean that every teacher should strive to be vulnerable all the time. But being willing to let your guard down on occasion can make a big difference in the quality of your teaching.

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Alfonso Mendoza Jr.

I am an EdTech & Education enthusiast that is always striving to better myself continually.