I just had to add this to the Confidence post…
In a recent article by an outgoing University head this has been discussed and while fresh in my mind highlighted the importance of the relationship between student and facilitator/lecturer/teacher, something that is not easily done on-line though not impossible. The formative assessment of the student, to gauge the amount of attention that may be needed to fill the gaps in personal skills and confidence. The bond between education, guild knowledge and confidence in tackling problem solving situations, decision making and action in our building/construction working world.
The discussion of fear and commitment that occurred after identifying the situation with this student was one not experienced formally by either of us. May be experienced by me but not accepted as the cause of such reluctance to act or proceed with a task by a student. The realisation of this has lead to an adjustment of attitude and practise, that I am grateful for as it will mean time spent assessing formatively which will help ease this lack of confidence in me and students/ tradespeople in the future. It will also change my session plans to avoid this gap in skills in future students and their trade workplaces and careers.