So, during a book group discussion I was invited to this evening, we discussed being vulnerable and what that means. We were discussing Brene Brown's Daring Greatly.
As the new school year begins, how do we make ourselves vulnerable so that we can allow our students to do so as well. Vulnerability relies on trust. So we need to have our students trust us and our classroom community. This is no small feat as we are all have the fear of looking inadequate.
We need to jump in trusting that our students will allow us to be vulnerable as well. As a third grade teacher, I find this might be easier than that of a middle school or high school teacher. But that is just a guess. Often it is the teacher personality and fear of judgement that will keep him/her at arm's length.
Another book club member suggested starting slowly. This seems like good advice, especially to those of us who jump in with both feet often before checking the water. However, we agreed that we need to be honest. Kids know when our stories hold even a grain of falsehood.
So, dare greatly this first week of school. Let your students see you... even the part that is not in control all of the time and even makes mistakes occasionally!