So what does trust have to do with it?

Building trust and learning power in young people to survive in the modern environment is not about control. It’s about the relationships that underlies the teaching dynamic. This really interesting article explores why trust is a crucial ingredient in shaping independent learners which highlights the importance of how trust is fundamental in helping young people develop into educated and thoughtful adults. The role of relationship underpins this in all aspects of the teaching environment.
Having the freedom to explore knowledge through digital literacy involves students having trust and responsibility. The article also explore this concept with students who are digitally literate, happy and trusted in their learning As educators we have the responsibility to recognise the powerful role that digital literacy can have on developing student learning power, particularly as digital citizenship is an important part of 21st century learning.
Reflecting on these thoughts I believe that as parents we play an obvious and vital role in this factor. We are the initial educators of our young people and although trust is already fermented in the home relationships we as parents can take the risks with our children in developing their learning power.
Practising this or should I say becoming more conscious in our approaches to the risk taking process will enable our children to understand the key ingredients that are essential to the learning dynamic. Some would argue that as parents we do this often, perhaps incidentally, for example encouraging them as they take their first steps in life. This is all true but becoming mindful as parents of what our children face each day in the current learning climate will be helpful in building knowledge within ourselves in recognising the core relational ingredients which ideally, should blend together in the school context.
Trust enables our young people to take risks in their learning opportunities. This does not necessarily always equate with the academic school environment. Engendering an environment which empowers educators to take risks means that students can embark on the challenge which is focused and determined by the educators and the student themselves. Successful teachers are cultivated by their belief in the importance of developing relationships in the classroom environment. These teachers are identified as having understanding, empathy and good knowledge with the cultural worlds of their students.
As parents we have the capacity to develop the learning power in our kids allowing, guiding and discussing the ways they can express their interests and strengths stems from knowing our own. This is a good starting point………!

jeannie Thurnell

(mum to Miss Moo and Miss 5,

Specialist Educator and

Guest blogger for the Purple Cow Collective).

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