Hubris in Education

#UKEdChat session 566

  • #UKEdChat session 566
  • Over-confidence can lead to pride and hubris
  • You can be confident, yet admit you don’t know something.
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An air of confidence in the classroom is usually seen as a good thing. Behaviour management quickly goes to pieces when the teacher is timid or shows doubt in their convictions. After all, a teacher is meant to know all the answers, right?

The problem is that teachers may begin to believe their own act, which can lead to overconfidence, pride, and hubris. Yet there are ways to confidently say ‘I don’t know’. As political interviews have repeatedly shown us, it is excruciating to watch someone who doesn’t know something dig themselves deeper into a hole.

So how can teachers ensure that they appear confident, but not only admit when they do not know something, but use it to their advantage and as a teaching point?

While keeping any of our own hubristic instincts in check is largely within our control, being subject to overconfidence of colleagues offers more of a challenge, and like in so many workplaces, personality clashes are common in schools. However, there are good and not so good ways to deal with colleagues with misplaced over-confidence.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 19th August 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how to avoid creeping hubris in ourselves by critical evaluation if a chosen path is the best way because it is the best idea or our idea. We also discussed how over-confidence can cause challenges and how to deal with them.


  1. Why is confidence a good thing, and how can we increase it in our classrooms?
  2. How can confidence be a bad thing?
  3. How can we as teachers keep our own hubris in check?
  4. What is the consequence of over confident teachers?
  5. How can we critique the work of our learners without impacting on their confidence?
  6. What is your understanding of imposer syndrome and how can teachers help those affected?
  7. Is hubris the natural result of the Dunning–Kruger effect, or can something be done?
  8. How can we manage the effects of over-confidence in the people we work along side?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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