Just recently our son jumped off a diving board for the first time. It was absolutely incredible to witness. He thought about it, visualized it, questioned it and just when we thought that it wasn’t going to happen – splash – he jumped! Watching the video clips and making it into an iMovie made me very reflective on how trust is built and maintained.
We ask our students to take risks in our classrooms all the time, but what do we do to create a safe environment? How do we help our students feel safe enough in our classrooms to “jump off the diving board”?
As I begin my new academic year on Monday, I pledge to help my teacher candidates and graduate students “jump in” and take risks in order to model and understand the importance of building community and trust in our classrooms, schools, neighborhoods and the world around us.
What will you do?