Evidence That It Works
A study conducted with a diverse group of 215 women found that acknowledging vulnerability, critical awareness, and empathetic relationships are among the key strategies that can build shame resilience. In other words, acknowledging our vulnerabilities with awareness can help us build resilience to embrace our mistakes without feeling shame, particularly when this is done within an atmosphere of empathy.
This study’s findings point to the importance of building positive, trusting relationships among staff members, which can be mobilized by an atmosphere centered around authenticity, humility, and courage.
Why Does It Matter?
As teachers develop the capacity to learn from their mistakes and failures, they may be more likely to promote and support their students’ learning from failures. Teachers’ willingness to openly invite students to embrace their mistakes within a positive learning environment may also lead to greater resilience and perseverance in the classroom.
Moreover, a school climate built upon trust and positive relationships can promote teachers’ well-being, as well as their teaching quality—and supporting teachers’ personal growth may be just as important as their professional development.