Defining Trust

Safety, Support, and Sense of Belonging

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    How do I coach a Practitioner | Educator in this Strategy?

    Step 1: Initial Discussion and Goal Setting

    • Engage in a coaching conversation to discuss the objectives and desired outcomes of leading a Trust Conversation and reinforcing trust-building elements.
    • Clarify the specific goals and expectations of the educator in terms of effectively leading the conversation and integrating trust-building practices into classroom activities.
    • Recommended Resources:
      • DP: Planning Worksheet
      • DP: Goal Creation Worksheet
      • RTG Map and Ideal Use
    Step 2: Modeling and Observation
    • Provide a demonstration or modeling of leading a Trust Conversation, showcasing effective facilitation techniques, communication skills, and strategies for engaging participants.
    • Observe the educator leading their own Trust Conversation, either through in-person observations or video recordings, to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.
    • Recommended Resources:
      • Demonstration video (coming soon)
      • Strategy Guide
    Step 3: Feedback and Reflection Conversation
    • Provide detailed feedback on the educator’s performance in leading the Trust Conversation, highlighting strengths and offering specific suggestions for improvement.
    • Engage in reflective discussions with the educator, encouraging self-assessment and exploration of the challenges and successes encountered during the conversation.
    • Recommended Resources:
      • DP: Observation Worksheet
      • DP: Reflection Worksheet
    Step 4: Skill-Building Activities and Resources
    • Offer resources and activities to enhance the educator’s skills in leading Trust Conversations and reinforcing trust-building elements.
    • Provide access to relevant literature, articles, case studies, and examples that demonstrate effective trust-building strategies and techniques.
    • Recommend role-playing exercises or simulations where the educator can practice leading Trust Conversations in a safe and supportive environment.
    • Recommended Resources:
      • Strategy Guide
      • Tips and Recommendations
      • Classroom Resources
    Step 5: Practice and Iteration
    • Encourage the educator to practice leading Trust Conversations in their classroom, gradually implementing and reinforcing trust-building elements.
    • Provide ongoing support and feedback, periodically observing and evaluating the educator’s progress.
    • Encourage reflection and self-assessment after each Trust Conversation, prompting the educator to consider their own growth and areas for further improvement.
    • Recommended Resources:
      • DP Observation Form
      • DP Reflection Worksheet
    Step 6: Evaluate Impact and Progress
    • Help the educator collect data on the impact of their trust-building efforts, such as student feedback, classroom observations, and assessments.
    • Collaborate with the educator to analyze the data and identify patterns or trends that indicate the effectiveness of their trust-building strategies.
    • Recommended Resources:
      • Student Survey
      • Teacher Survey
      •  Observation Survey
    Step 7: Continuous Support and Professional Development
    • Provide ongoing support and resources to sustain the educator’s growth in leading Trust Conversations and reinforcing trust-building elements.  Repeat Collaborative Coaching process.
    • Encourage the educator to participate in professional development opportunities related to trust-building, such as workshops, conferences, or online courses.
    • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, where the educator is encouraged to seek feedback, reflect on their practice, and refine their skills in trust-building.
    Throughout the coaching process, maintain open communication, establish a supportive relationship, and tailor the approach to the specific needs and goals of the educator. The deliberate practice coaching process ensures that the educator receives targeted support and guidance, leading to continuous improvement in leading Trust Conversations and promoting trust within the classroom.

    Coaching Questions

    Defining Trust and Trust Conversations
    1. What are your current perceptions of trust in the classroom and its impact on student learning? How do you think fostering trust can enhance the educational experience?
    2. How effectively do you lead conversations with your class about the importance of trust in all relationships and learning? What strategies do you use to engage students in these conversations?
    3. How would you define trust in the context of your classroom? How can you integrate this definition into your daily interactions with students?
    Defining Trust using Concrete Labels
    1. In what ways do you define trust as safety, support, and a sense of belonging in your classroom? How often do you reference these statements during classroom discourse to establish expectations and create a sense of community? 
    Vocalizing Commitment and Accountability
    1. How do you communicate your commitment to building a classroom environment where students feel safe to take risks and share their thoughts? Are there specific practices or routines you employ to reinforce this commitment?  
    2. How do you invite learners to hold you accountable to your commitment of creating a safe environment? How do you encourage students to communicate with you when you are not meeting this expectation?  How can you encourage students to hold you accountable to this commitment?
    3. How consistently do you reference your commitment to building trust when interacting with students? In what ways do you ensure that this commitment is evident in your daily interactions? What strategies can you employ to consistently reference the commitment to trust during your interactions with students? How can you make trust-building language a natural part of classroom discourse?
    Reinforcing Trust-Building Labels to Create a Common Language
    1. How actively do you use trust-building labels throughout learning activities? Can you provide examples of how you incorporate these labels to reinforce trust and create a supportive learning environment? How can you incorporate the elements of trust defined during the trust conversation into your lessons and activities? Can you think of specific examples or teachable moments where you can reinforce trust-building behaviors?
    2. How do you leverage teachable moments to reinforce trust-building language in your classroom? Can you share specific instances where you have used these moments effectively?
    Progress and Impact
    1. In what ways do you monitor and assess the impact of your trust-building efforts? How do you gather feedback from students to understand their perceptions of safety, support, and a sense of belonging in the classroom?
    2. How do you continuously reflect on and refine your practices to strengthen trust-building in your teaching? Are there any specific areas you would like to focus on for improvement?
    3. How will you assess the progress of trust-building in your classroom? What indicators or observations can you use to evaluate the impact of your efforts? How will you adjust your approach if needed?
    4. How do you involve other stakeholders, such as parents or colleagues, in fostering a culture of trust in your classroom? How do you collaborate with them to ensure consistency in promoting a safe and supportive learning environment?
    Challenges and Obstacles to Implementation
    1. What potential challenges or obstacles do you anticipate in implementing this trust-building strategy? How can you address or overcome these challenges?
    2. How can you involve students in the trust conversation and empower them to actively participate in building a trusting classroom community? How will you create opportunities for student voice and input in this process?
    3. How do you envision the overall impact of this strategy on student engagement, collaboration, and overall learning outcomes? What goals or aspirations do you have for your classroom as a result of implementing this trust-building approach?
    Current Stage of Development
    • What stage of development best describes your current skill and practice level?
    • Why do you say that?
    • What does it look like when someone is implementing this strategy ideally?
    • On a scale of 1-10, 10 being ideal, what is your current skill level? Why do you say that?
    • What will it take to move your practice closer to a 10?
    • How can we measure that? What goal can we create for this? 

    Tips, Support, and Recommendations

    Tips and recommendations for supporting educators as they develop competency in defining trust and  facilitating trust conversations.  Use these recommendations with coaching questions and as a part of a collaborative coaching conversation.  

    The Importance of Trust in Building Strong Relationships and Promoting Effective Learning
    • Explain the importance of trust in building strong relationships and promoting effective learning in the classroom. Emphasize that trust creates a safe and supportive environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and sharing their thoughts.

    Defining Trust: Safety, Support, and Belonging in the Classroom

    • Guide the educator in defining trust as safety, support, and a sense of belonging in the classroom. 
    • Encourage them to use these statements frequently during classroom discourse to establish clear expectations and create a common language of trust within the class community.
    • Other Suggestions:
      • Use the Building Trust Lesson Plan
      • Tell the Three Point Advantage Story
      • Post the Trust Poster in the Room to Use as  a Cue and Reference.
    Communicating Commitment to Building a Trusting Classroom Environment
    • Assist the educator in communicating their commitment to building a trusting classroom environment. 
    • Encourage them to explicitly state their dedication to creating a safe space for students and their willingness to be held accountable for meeting this expectation. 
    • Teach educator to encourage students to communicate with them if they feel the commitment is not being fulfilled.
    Integrating Trust-Building Language into Daily Interactions
    • Help the educator integrate trust-building language into their daily interactions with students. 
    • Show educator how to consistently reference the commitment to trust during conversations and activities. 
    • Encourage educator to use teachable moments to reinforce trust-building language and highlight its importance.
    Referencing Elements of Trust in Learning Activities
    • Support the educator in actively referencing the elements of trust defined during the trust conversation throughout various learning activities. 
    • Guide educator in designing lessons and activities that provide opportunities for students to practice and reinforce trust-building behaviors.
    Assessing Progress and Reflecting on the Impact of Trust-Building
    • Encourage the educator to regularly assess the progress of trust-building in the classroom.
    • Suggest that they reflect on the impact of the strategy and make adjustments as needed to ensure the ongoing development of a trusting and inclusive learning environment.
    Throughout the coaching process…
    • Provide examples and practical scenarios to illustrate how the educator can effectively implement the strategy. 
    • Offer guidance and feedback, allowing for open discussions and addressing any concerns or challenges they may encounter. 

    Coaching Resources