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.How does one develop such transparency?
Source: Pete Reilly, Ed-Tech Journeys, Performance Goals vs Learning Goals
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
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