If Transparency Equals Trust

Source: Hugh at Gaping Void. Naked Conversations.

If transparency equals trust, and increased accountability is associated with insights into what's going on in the classroom, why don't we trust our teachers or education leaders?

Looking dumb is easy...doing so without being self-conscious as a way to transparent learning, well, that's hard. Pete Reilly refers to this:
Sadly, it is rare to find an educator who will allow themselves to “look dumb” in front of other educators or their own students. When we hide the difficulties involved in learning from our children, or decide that we should stick to things we know, and stay away from things that are unfamiliar so we don’t look bad; we become role models for playing it safe and provide a poor example for young learners.
Source: Pete Reilly, Ed-Tech Journeys, Performance Goals vs Learning Goals
How does one develop such transparency?
  1. Continually ask yourself why you're doing something, why you believe what you do, and share that with others. Share your thinking as it happens, questionning it, and interrogating the reality you perceive and sharing that with others as you do it.
  2. Ask yourself, "What would I NOT want to be transparent about in a particular situation? Why not? Is there a valid reason, aside from my personal fear?
  3. Accept that you may not be ready to be as transparent as necessary, but acknowledge that you are on a journey where such transparency is critical to your ongoing growth.
So, does this make sense? Am I really doing this when considering new ideas?

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Wm Chamberlain said…
I think the hardest thing is for someone to admit is that they have failed. I would suspect it is much harder for professionals to admit they fail to other members of their profession. Teachers need coaches or mentors they trust to help them hone our craft. Too bad money isn't usually available for it.
doug0077 said…
I've found that while I don't like looking "dumb" or "stupid" - conditions that seem willful, I don't mind admitting my ignorance. Which is good because I have plenty of it. Maybe we were more careful about our vocab when it comes to knowledge issues, we would be more transparent?


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