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Developing Risk Taking Skills by Mind Map: Developing  Risk Taking Skills
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Developing Risk Taking Skills

Create a safe learning climate

Safe environments are created when an emphasis is placed on positive relations between students and staff. Melissa A. Reees, et. al. "Comprehensive Planning for Safe Learning Environments."    

Learn and use students' names

Build trust

Do not tolerate bullying

Encourage postive teacher/student relations

Use humor when appropriate to ease tensions

Model risk taking

Teachers need to take chances, too, and be willing to risk failure.

Be open minded

Introduce new teaching strategies

Discuss risk taking and demonstrate something you have not mastered

Try again!

Demonstrate "meta-teaching" by discussing the risks you are taking--in giving substantial control over to students, for example

Allow opportunities for failing

Incorporate lessons that encourage taking chances (whether the outcome is successful or not) rather than repeatedly requiring the "right" answer.

Consider how you handle errors - yours and students

Create situations in which student work is not evaluated

Create assignments that allow for multiple drafts and non-punitive feedback

Show appreciation for risk taking

Consider thanking students "for taking a risk" or drawing positive attention to risk-taking behavior.

Teacher comments and behavior reveal their attitudes

smile

nod

applaud

"Thank you for taking a risk!"

Show appropriate risk-taking examples from each student's work

Encourage Inquiry based learning

Students must learn to take charge of their own learning. Teachers must provide safe environments and appropriate motivation for such habits.

Invite question asking

Invite theorizing

Create context for problem solving

Demonstrate how to turn controversial topics into research questions

Build appreciation for risk taking into class management.

When students GENUINELY support their peers' risk-taking, find ways to reward the behavior. Do not tolerate bullying, harassment, etc, and consider building in undesireable consequences for such behaviors. Kristi Johnson Smith. "The First Year." http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/firstyear/258

Consider ways to reward genuine peer support for risk taking

Be prepared with natural consequences for unsupportive behavior