Fostering, Facilitating, and Empowering Students to be Risk-takers

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1. Providing stimulating assignments where students create meaningful work

1.1. Contructing knowledge for themselves

1.1.1. Tackling a controversial issue in school

1.1.1.1. Racism

1.1.1.2. School uniforms

1.1.1.3. Sexual harassment

1.1.2. Piloting a new program at school

2. Providing opportunities for leadership in the class

2.1. Creating a class culture of being helpful and supportive

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

3.1. Modeling creative thinking

3.1.1. Teacher "Think-Alouds"

3.1.1.1. student think-alouds

4. Celebrating accomplishments and achievements with parties and special activities

4.1. End of the year party with small group

4.2. 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)

5. Teaching students to think deeply about a problem

5.1. Share it with others

5.1.1. Listen to their critiques

5.1.1.1. build on these for a solution

6. When Risk-Taking isn't Helpful

6.1. When it probably won't benefit you or anyone else

6.2. When it endangers you or others

7. Examples of Famous Risk-Takers

7.1. past

7.1.1. present

7.1.1.1. war generals

7.1.1.2. politicians

7.1.1.3. musicians

7.1.2. people who make investments

7.1.3. Copernicus

7.1.4. Milton Hershey

7.1.5. Abraham Lincoln

8. Biggest Risk Taker in my Family

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

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

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

9. When Risk-Taking is Helpful

9.1. when you need a solution to a problem

9.2. when a leader is needed to start a bold enterprise

10. The etiquette of risk taking in the classroom

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

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

10.2.1. Cheering

10.2.2. Offering complements

10.2.3. Learning to laugh at oneself

10.2.4. Making specific comments that highlight the "risk factor" for an individual: "That is the first time that you..."

10.2.5. Brainstorming with the students a new list of terms that highlight various levels of risk taking behavior - helps to define levels of risk

10.2.5.1. Encourage your students to actively use this list by "naming" and thereby supporting risk taking behavior in the classroom

11. Multicultural and Global Connections

11.1. Teaching students to be culturally competent and culturally sensitive

11.1.1. Identifying learning communities around the world

11.1.1.1. Identifying projects for the purpose of global collaboration

11.1.1.1.1. Seeking and selecting global learning partner, learning community, or classroom

12. Feelings during risk-taking

12.1. fear

12.2. exhiliration

12.3. confidence

13. Thoughts during risk-taking

13.1. Adverse

13.1.1. Reluctance

13.1.2. Defeatism

13.2. Positive

13.2.1. Strength

13.2.2. Adequate preparation

14. Defining risk taking

14.1. K-2

14.2. Grades 3-5

14.3. Middle School

14.4. High School

15. 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.

15.1. Riding a bike

15.2. Learning to swim

15.3. Climbing a tree

15.4. Hiking up and down a mountain

15.5. Going in a canoe

15.6. Cooking (with parental supervision)

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