1. Nothing grows in the “average known” or comfort zone. I think as an educational leader we must promote a climate where teachers where they feel safe to take risk.

  2. So often in education we hear “If it is working why change it” My response is always how do we know that it is truly working. How are we measuring success and as the world around us is changing why are we reluctant to change. Change is difficult and uncomfortable. Educators must feel supported by administration to reach outside of their comfort zone. I’ve been fortunate to work with administrators who encourage risk-taking. As a teacher-librarian who works collaboratively with teachers and students I believe I can help support the risk-taking.

    • Regina Hoskins

      I completely agree, Carol. I am also a Teacher Librarian and have had teachers say to me, “I would have never tried this if you weren’t here to help me.” We can help teachers take risks, by collaborating and teaching with them. Once they try something with us, they then often will try more on their own.

  3. Susanne Liggett

    Risk can mean so many things in education. What stood out to me the most in this post related to our students’ digital footprints. I am currently working on a PBL career unit for my seniors. I am interested in having one of the components related to their digital footprint (researching it and improving it). Any suggestions about good approaches to this facilitation?

  4. The problem that I see is that our education system isn’t built on risk taking. Unfortunately, students are conditioned from a young age to be compliant. Many time risk taking is seen as non-compliant behavior that lands some students in trouble. I love the risk-taking mentality, but it has to be fostered and rewarded at an early age. The community/parents have to be reconditioned as well.

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