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Fostering, Facilitating, and Empowering Students to be Risk-takers by Mind Map: Fostering, Facilitating, and Empowering Students to be Risk-takers
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Fostering, Facilitating, and Empowering Students to be Risk-takers

Providing stimulating assignments where students create meaningful work

Contructing knowledge for themselves

Providing opportunities for leadership in the class

Creating a class culture of being helpful and supportive

Placing a value on creativity and "out of the box" thinking

Modeling creative thinking

Celebrating accomplishments and achievements with parties and special activities

End of the year party with small group

Award ideas: "Most Tries," "Biggest Stretch of the Imagination," "Stupid Idea Award" (the latter is to be the most coveted, because stupid ideas can turn out to be smart or lead to an idea for a smarter solution)

Teaching students to think deeply about a problem

Share it with others

When Risk-Taking isn't Helpful

When it probably won't benefit you or anyone else

When it endangers you or others

Examples of Famous Risk-Takers


Biggest Risk Taker in my Family

Mom - not afraid to put herself out there and speak her mind

My brother, when he auditioned for the lead in the school play

My uncle--never worked for someone else; always started his own businesses

When Risk-Taking is Helpful

when you need a solution to a problem

when a leader is needed to start a bold enterprise

The etiquette of risk taking in the classroom

Reviewing rules of etiquette in social interactions - focusing on listening and basic social skills (K-2)

Activity: Create an "etiquette tool kit" that supports risk taking in the classroom

Multicultural and Global Connections

Teaching students to be culturally competent and culturally sensitive

Feelings during risk-taking




Thoughts during risk-taking



Defining risk taking


Grades 3-5

Middle School

High School

Sharing our own personal risks - Class activity (K-2) - Have your students brainstorm a list of risks they may have taken. Make a graph representing the results.

Riding a bike

Learning to swim

Climbing a tree

Hiking up and down a mountain

Going in a canoe

Cooking (with parental supervision)

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