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Xiaoxia commented on From CYI to YAMA: an educator's impact on both coasts.

The concept of "safe space" was something I learned about during my involvement in the Swarthmore Asian Organization—it was a closed group, meaning the group was open to only those who self-identified as "Asian" (which, yes, can be a nebulous term). "Safe space" means a space that is cultivated to make participants feel "safe", where participants can feel comfortable speaking their opinions, which also requires others to be respectful and understanding. Don't interrupt people, let everyone have opportunities to speak, don't dominate discussion, etc. And yes, I believe that this type of space is one where people can go and "develop their creative confidence in a supportive environment". :)

Here are some links:
http://safespacenetwork.tumblr.com/Safespace
http://www.safercampus.org/blog/2010/08/discussion-ground-rules-making-your-group-space-a-safe-space/

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Xiaoxia commented on Doodle a lot!

This is great! Did this come about during that engineering class or did the doodling roots stem further back?

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Xiaoxia commented on Remain curious about yourself

Oooh, this makes me want to take kids out and ask them to come up with stories about the cloud shapes they see in the sky. And they could work collaboratively and ask their group for different interpretations and then everyone synthesizes the shapes to create a narrative/story.