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Building Trust as Co-Teachers

One year, I had a group of first grade students with disabilities who needed support in the general education setting....

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Strategy #1

Part of my supervision of teachers involves taking them out to lunch, so that it can be about development and not just about evaluation.

Because you believed ...

Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.
Paulo Coelho

Strategy #2

As a program chair, I take a non-traditional approach to program meetings. We hold faculty meetings at one another’s homes and serve food when we host. We don’t meet as often, but the meetings have changed the way we see one another and how we work.

Trust begets trust ...

Trust begets trust more often than not.
David DeSteno

Strategy #3

I do my own assignments, before I ask my students to, and then show them, particularly the assignments that involve risk-taking and are interpretive. I make sure to present it as my honest effort, rather than as an exemplar.

Unlike many other puzzles ...

Unlike many other puzzles we confront, questions of trust don’t just involve attempting to grasp and analyze a perplexing concept. They all share another characteristic: risk.
David DeSteno

Strategy #4

I have a saying: “The first order of business is one another.” If this is true, how does it manifest itself in my planning, the way I speak to others, the way I listen, in everything I do?

Importance of Trust

I live by the maxim “I will trust you until you prove me wrong”.  Last year, I was tested by a little girl in my classroom who was ALWAYS...

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Strategy #5

I find out who my students are and how they like to learn and engage (sometimes in conversation, sometimes through a writing prompt, or through watching closely), and then I try to find ways to honor what I have learned.

Building Trust with Students with Emotional Disabilities

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 to...

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Hindsight Musings

I used to work in a small arboretum/research area during college.Occasionally, during my lunch break, I would take my lunch over to the h...

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I Feel Like I Can Read

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

Interview with Rebecca Pfaffenberger

It is the small moments...

Building trust in a classroom happens with an accumulation of small things that give your students reason to believe that you see things ...

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Good Deed Friday

When you trust people ...

When you trust people to help you, they often do.
Amanda Palmer

Strategy #6

I work at avoiding isolating myself as an educator and try to spend as much time as possible with positive educators who understand me and nurture my soul. This helps me to trust myself.

Book Connection

Strategy #7

I try to remember that students, co-workers, parents, etc. have other things going on outside of school that can affect their ability or willingness to trust some one. Trust takes time to earn and is a special gift once received.

Deciding whether or not ...

Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter.
Lemony Snicket

We always see ...

We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.
David Levithan

Strategy #8

Sometimes I find that trust can be earned by simply listening to someone talk about nothing.

Strategy #9

I once saw a teacher with a group of 3rd graders on the carpet. She raised her hand and one of her students called on her. When I asked her about it, she said: “If the rule is: ‘We raise our hand, if we have anything to say’, why wouldn’t that apply to me?”
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