I opened the TWT email from Betsy the other day proposing a summer writing group, and for a minute, I thought she was writing just to me! How did she know about that letter responding to a story draft sent long, long ago? How did she know they suggested maybe, that long ago drafted story had some merit? I hit "yes" quickly but then, like those I teach, the reality of possibly failing in front of my peers caused me to rethink my response.
I've thought about my response and my feelings quite a bit in the past few days. None of us can grow without taking risks. None of us can grow without feedback from our peers. While it's scary to try new things and it's embarrassing to fall on your face in front of our peers, the reality of not saying "yes" is certainly worse!
Brian Cambourne's Conditions of Learning are not just "old school ideas"!
Learner (child or adult) believes
This is something I want to do.
This is something I can do.
This is something I can try without fear
of begin criticized or punished.