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

Tackling a controversial issue in school, Racism, School uniforms, Sexual harassment

Piloting a new program at school

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

Teacher "Think-Alouds", student think-alouds

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

Listen to their critiques, build on these for a solution

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

past

present, war generals, politicians, musicians

people who make investments

Copernicus

Milton Hershey

Abraham Lincoln

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

Cheering

Offering complements

Learning to laugh at oneself

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

Brainstorming with the students a new list of terms that highlight various levels of risk taking behavior - helps to define levels of risk, Encourage your students to actively use this list by "naming" and thereby supporting risk taking behavior in the classroom

Multicultural and Global Connections

Teaching students to be culturally competent and culturally sensitive

Identifying learning communities around the world, Identifying projects for the purpose of global collaboration, Seeking and selecting global learning partner, learning community, or classroom, Modify "etiquette tool kit" as needed for international communication, Collaborate on national or internationallearning project, Establish parameters, Establish objectives, Establish deadlines, Co-Create and agree to collaborative rules and guidelines including ethical behavior

Feelings during risk-taking

fear

exhiliration

confidence

Thoughts during risk-taking

Adverse

Reluctance

Defeatism

Positive

Strength

Adequate preparation

Defining risk taking

K-2

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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