July 25, 2015

Affirmation

One of the marks of an ideal learning environment is that it feels safe. When discussing a otentially controversial topic such as the law, it is important to affirm all opinions expressed by group members. Let each person know that their comments are appreciated—even if their opinions differ from your own. Remember, affirmation does not mean agreement. Affirm even those comments that you believe to be heretical.

By doing this, you communicate that everyone has a right to express an opinion. When a comment is made that you believe to be way off base, you can kindly offer an alternative point of view for people to consider. Never condemn or attack the person who made the comment.