Understanding 7: Learning Requires Trust

In an environment lacking in trust, we will attend first to self-protection. We will not take risks. We will play it safe. To learn we must already feel our community’s embrace, then we are free to venture out and fail with safety, take what was learned and venture out again.

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” 
― E.E. Cummings

  1. Intuition Pumps: Daniel Dennett on the Dignity and Art-Science of Making Mistakes
  2. Video: Stress and Learning, BrainRules.net
  3. Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for School Reform Anthony S. Bryk and Barbara Schneider
  4. Chapter One of Classroom of Choice by Jonathan C. Erwin


Leading Together: Building Adult Community in Schools from Center for Courage & Renewal on Vimeo.