This week we’ve been challenged to post 3 times (shorter posts). So, here goes.
Prompt: Share some of your best ideas for building relationships and a culture of trust in your position.
As our school’s Digital Integration Specialist, I have the privilege of working with everyone in our building – teachers, students, and staff. I think, for me, the biggest keys to building relationships and trust are . . .
Open Door – My office is in the middle of the school inside our media center. Unless I’m on a call, my door stays open. People stop by all the time, and we get to talk about their lives, their classrooms, and their needs. I also like to be “out and about” in the halls and classrooms where I can have a better idea of what’s going on with people.
Listening – Whether it’s students, teachers, or staff, I always
try to be a good listener. It’s important for me to take the time to let people talk. Sometimes that’s all that needs to happen. Sometimes after listening, I can offer suggestions for solutions or new ideas. But I can’t presume to have suggestions unless I understand the situation.
Respect – I truly believe that every person has value. Everyone I work with (including students) knows more about different things than I do. I am often told I am easy to approach and patient. I think that comes from the core belief in the value of every person. I never know what I’ll learn from the people who cross my path.