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Creating the Invitation-to-Risk Environment
Creating the invitation-to-risk environment

During this study of students' growth in 21st century capacities, I have had the pleasure of working with kids in Grades 1 through 6 in the United States and in Canada.

As I reflected on what I've attempted to do in each of these classrooms, it occurred to me that I was walking into learning environments where teachers had done an exemplary job of creating settings where students were very willing to participate, to ask good questions, to listen and respond to each other, and to risk expressing their ideas about whatever topic we were discussing.

This is important because without their preparation I wouldn't have enjoyed myself as much as I have.

In two of the schools, I was videotaped ...

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