Posted by: darcymullin | December 1, 2011

Trust


Trust is an interesting concept.

We can give it away.

It is easily lost and difficult to generate.

It is paramount to what we as educators do.

In the absence of Trust we are unable (or unwilling)  to take risks.

In the absence of Trust we are unwilling to say what is on our minds.

In the absence of Trust we get compliance, but not collaboration.

In the absence of Trust can true learning occur?

If we are invested in learning and creating a caring culture in schools, we must have faith in those around us and Trust their intentions.

To build trust, we must do what we say and listen to what is said.

What is our collective potential if we trust each other and trust our students.

Wouldn’t it be something to find out?

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Responses

  1. Absolutely love this post, Darcy. I often think about proving myself to be trustworthy rather than just asking for it from others. In other words, what can I continue to do to build trust with/from others (adults or students). I think it was Stephen Covey who wrote that trustworthiness comes from your character (who you are) and your competence (what you can do) and the continuos exchange between the two people. I also really like what you said about “doing what you say you’re going to do” which I’ve always believed is at the heart of what integrity is all about. Thanks for a great post!

  2. Thanks for the post Darcy. Great read.

    • Thanks for reading Chad! Have a great week.

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