{The ABC's of Inclusion} T is to Trust

{The ABC's of Inclusion} T is to Trust; Removing the Stumbling Block

Noun  - firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
Verb    - believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.

Trust is the foundation for every meaningful relationship. As Martin Buber taught, “human relationships, at their best, involve mutual knowledge and respect, treating self and others as valuable human beings”. Trust is a critical building block for successful inclusion.

But trust is not automatic. The seeds of trust must be planted, grown and cultivated. Trust must be nourished and allowed to flourish.

For inclusion to truly thrive we need to build trust between teachers & students, teachers & parents, parents & administrators and between students. 

So, how do we do it?

Building trust in the classroom involves opening ourselves to new possibilities, choosing our words mindfully, demonstrating emotional consistency, and cultivating joy.

Those in positions of leadership must also strive to inspire trust by engaging in open and honest conversations and demonstrating a willing desire to meet the needs of those they serve.

There isn’t a blueprint. 

There isn’t a how-to checklist. 

And just because you may have earned someone’s trust doesn’t mean that you will have it indefinitely. We must constantly evaluate and reevaluate our own behavior to ensure that we are treating others in ways that honor their needs, strengths and desires. It’s a work in progress, to be sure. 

What are some of the ways that you work to build trust?

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