Issue No. 1

Trust

Issue No. 1

Trust

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Establishing Trust: Beginning Pre School Teacher

I am an early childhood educator.  While there are certainly times when I am able to support my students’ inquiries by giving them the tools to navigate their own discoveries, I will also be honest and say that there are times when I simply don’t have the answers.  I don’t know if I would have been as confident to admit that to my students during my first year of teaching, but after 2 ½ years of teaching, now I am!  I found it is in these lessons, when I perhaps do not have the answers, that my students show the most trust in me. When I show my students my own curiosity and wonderment, it allows me to step out of the role of being their teacher and into the role of a student with them.  My students then view me as a partner and learner alongside them, and not as the teacher with all the answers.  Much like in the real world, trust has to be built. My students see me investigating and asking questions.  They see me on the floor constructing and building.  And they see me reading books I have never read before. It is those experiences, which I love, that enable my students to then trust me as their teacher.  I then have trust in myself as their teacher.


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Elyse Handel

Pre School Teacher
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