emotional overwhelm in the room

Sometimes when students misinterpret your teaching cues it's because we could be clearer, and it happens to every teacher - that "when I said knee, I meant heel" moment. Sometimes students have so much going on in their minds that they simply don't hear you, and since students may not be willing to ask "could you repeat that one more time?" they interpret based on the room around them. They may go in the wrong direction or take a different variation, but they're trying. They may be in a place in their life or mental health where feeling "wrong" is enough to bring on tears.

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