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Dr. Brian Hodges, the Executive Vice-President, Education, UHN, and Michener Institute of Education at UHN, writes in the latest Michener blog that “creating an environment that emphasizes respect, support and safety underpins great learning.” (Photo: UHN)


There is perhaps no force more corrosive to learning than fear.

In the last century, educators recognized that learning requires an environment that fosters trust and safety for students, and teacher-student relationships that are supportive and motivating. The best teachers employ pedagogical methods that help students explore new ideas that are not fully formed, express opinions and perspectives that are not fully worked out and experiment with new skills that are not yet ready for the real world.

In healthcare, we recognize the great value of practicing emotionally or physically challenging tasks in a simulated setting before trying them with patients. Creating an environment that emphasizes respect, support and safety underpins great learning.

​To read the full blog by Dr. Brian Hodges, click here.

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