What To Do When Your Student Says “I’m Stupid!”
Written by: Anne-Marie Morey
“There’s no pain on earth that doesn’t crave a benevolent witness.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
You’ve heard it before, and it breaks your heart:
“Everyone is better than me!”
As educators, our usual response is, “Of course not! You’re smart!”
Unfortunately, empty reassurance doesn’t fix anything.
Here’s why. When a student confesses these feelings, they’re trusting you. They’re giving you a glimpse of deep pain. Rushing to reassure the student does nothing to heal that pain.
Instead, try empathy.
What Is Empathy and Why Is It So Powerful?The desire to be seen and for our experiences to be understood is a universal drive. Empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions and imagine how that person is feeling or thinking.
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