Dealing with challenging and/or controversial issues can lead to strong emotional (and sometimes very personal) responses from learners. It is important that educators/facilitators are able to support learning communities to engage with these issues in a caring, but still critical manner. This activity looks at how active consideration and co-creation of a ‘safe space’ can be an effective way to achieve this.
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This resource reflects that setting a Safe Space isn't about creating a ‘set of rules’ bestowed upon students by their teacher. Instead, it is a reflective process in which the students themselves play a leading role in articulating what behaviors and mind-sets they need from their peers to feel comfortable to open up.
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