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"
High Trust Classroom
"

Instructor: Jennifer Reecy


Workshop Description:

K
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12
As we continue to grow through
understanding our strengths and weaknesses and mature through
this
understanding, we learn to develop the character we must have
in sustaining the life principles that do not change. Participants
look deeply into their paradigms through self
-
assessments of
temperament intelligence and as a high
-
trust individual. Teachers

will walk away with a personalized “action plan” for increasing
trust with students, faculty and parents.


The High
-
Trust
Classroom, Raising Achievement from the Inside Out, provides
educators with the tools needed to improve their relationships with
stud
ents by building trust and professionalism.


The end result is a better classroom
environment and a more positive educational experience, which results in better schools
and better instruction.


It is never an EVENT, it is the eternal PROCESS that makes yo
u strong!

The High
-
Trust Classroom Workshop designates specific qualities of “The High
-
Trust Classroom” and
provides a “Road Map” to developing a High
-
Trust Classroom with increased student achievement and
few discipline problems, where students are intrin
sically motivated and where teachers can confidently
use creative lesson planning. Also included in the text is the
High Trust Classroom Teacher Assessment
,
which looks at the 29 qualities of a high
-
trust classroom teacher on five levels: Personal Alignm
ent,
Professional Alignment, Operations, Inviting Classroom Culture, and Winning Student Trust.


In this Professional Growth Process of the High
-
Trust Classroom you will:

1.

Interact with Content

2.

Build Upon Knowledge

3.

Be Supported In Your Choices


Ultimate G
oal of The High
-
Trust Classroom…
is to convince students of their potential, even more than
they see it in themselves.
By convincing students to see their potential, students will begin to achieve
from the inside out!


The High Trust Classroom ~ applies
not only to individuals, but also to teams and
organizations. High Trust & Effective individuals make High Trust effective
teams, which in turn make High Trust effective organizations. After all, an
organization is only as effective as the individuals wi
thin it. It's all from the
inside out.


To form new habits, we have to let go of old behaviors and adopt new
ones. However, forming new habits is more than just doing differently.
It’s also about seeing things differently.




National

State

District

School

Classroom

Educator


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S
EE
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DO
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GET

~

Basic Change
Model

Definition of a Paradigm
:
The way we see, understand, and interpret the world; our mental map.

A paradigm is the way an individual perceives, understands, and interprets the surrounding world


a
mental map. If you want significant changes in your

life, you must first change your paradigm


the way
you SEE things. When you SEE a situation a certain way, you tend to DO things that support your attitude.
What you GET influences your paradigm.












Effective habits are based on true principles
.
By definition, principles:



Are external to yourself.



Do not change.



Are universal and timeless.



Produce predictable outcomes.



Operate whether you understand them or not.




Work regardless of your attitude and behavior.


The High
-
Trust Classroom
Professional Growth Process


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The High
-
Trust Classroom
” Raising Achievement From the Inside Out

Job #1 ~ Inspire Trust!



Lead with own credibility



Demonstrate a balance of character & competence



Behaviors that Build Trust


Consistently

Job #2 ~ Enable
Greatness!



More Positive Educational Experience for Teachers & Students



Ability to unleash the full potential of the student



Student’s ability to tap into the often untapped wisdom of the teacher



To unleash this potential


it is the opportunity


and resp
onsibility for the teacher to go FIRST!



The High
-
Trust Classroom
” Raising Achievement From the Inside Out

Provides ~



Tools needed to improve relationships with students



Building Trust



Building Professionalism



End Result



Better Classroom Environment



More
Positive Educational Experience for Teachers & Students



Better Instruction



Get the MOST from this Process!

1.

Self
-
Assessment: Where are you today? Do you have a high
-
trust classroom? Are you a high
-
trust teacher?

2.

Learn, discuss and apply the 5 levels
of the high
-
trust classroom.

3.

Develop a strategy for improvement.


The Classroom Leadership Plan

1.

Will I present a happy demeanor every day?

2.

Will I attempt to make a connection with each student?

3.

How will I create an inviting classroom culture?

4.

How will I ma
ximize the varying social dynamics within my classroom?

5.

How will I achieve a comfortable balance between my professional and personal life?

6.

How will I proactively handle crisis?


What is the High
-
Trust Classroom?

The high
-
trust classroom is a place:



Where

students look forward to class



With few discipline problems



Where students are intrinsically motivated



With effective cooperative group learning



Where the teacher can confidently use creative lesson planning



Where the teacher enjoys his or her career and
experiences minimal negative stress


Why Should I Become a High
-
Trust Teacher?



With high
-
trust relationships…



Your classroom will operate more efficiently



Your interactions with other teachers, administrators, and parent will be more creative and
meaningfu
l


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High
-
trust learning environment where students choose to learn, not to misbehave



Students have intrinsic, rather than extrinsic motivation to learn



Decrease in bullying

Trust is the hidden variable that makes everything else work!


Four Keys to the
High
-
Trust Classroom:

1.

Enduringly Happy Teachers YEILD Enduringly Happy Students

a.

The high
-
trust teacher’s enduring happiness and principle
-
centered core is what allows
them to weather the inevitable storms within education.

2.

Closing the Teacher
-
Student Gap

a.

When the teacher closes the teacher
-
student gap, it becomes easier to win the trust of
their students. To close this gap, great teachers get to know their students, become more
than a teacher, they become a role model, mentor, and trusted advisor.

3.

Motivati
ng the Student

a.

People change as a result of desperation or inspiration. The highly motivated student
often achieves more classroom success than the academically gifted student


Great
teachers “breathe life into” their students, often revealing talents un
known to even the
student themselves!

4.

Breaking Through Low
-
Trust Conditioning

a.

Teachers often ask, “Is it possible to create a high
-
trust classroom when the students are
not trustworthy?” YES! In fact, it is more important. Unfortunately, some of our
stu
dents have never experienced trustworthy relationships. These are the students who
will benefit the most from the student/teacher interaction within a high
-
trust classroom.
Due to a history of low
-
trust conditioning, some students may take longer to reco
gnize
the opportunity to learn in a high
-
trust learning environment.


The High
-
Trust Classroom is about creating relationships.
The greater alignment of the 3 variables; the
better the outcomes within the classroom!

Only 3 Variables in the Classroom:

1.

Tea
cher (Control)



What do your model?



How do you show respect to your students?



Are you a good listener? There are 2 parts to listening


attitude

(you must want to listen)


and
skill

(you must know how to listen)



Are you a subject matter expert?



Do you
consistently create powerful lesson plans?


2.

Students (No Control)



Attempting to meet all student needs is impossible for one person. In
the high
-
trust classroom, students learn to help meet each other’s needs.


3.

Curriculum (No Control)



The teacher and st
udents synergistically bring the curriculum to life. As
a
result, the learning is fun and students perform well!


RELATIONSHIPS FIRST, THEN CURRICULUM!


H
IGH

A
CHIEVING

S
TUDENT

Curricul
um

Teacher

Students


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The LEVEL of EFFECTIVENESS within the high
-
trust classroom is dictated by the synergy (teamwork) that
is
created between the teacher, the student, and the curriculum!

*EQUALS* A High Achieving Student!


THE 5 LEVELS OF THE HIGH
-
TRUST CLASSROOM



The 5 Levels Diagram


is hierarchical


meaning that level 1 must precede levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.



Ineffectiveness

at any level will decrease effectiveness at all subsequent levels, thus decreasing the
probability of building a high
-
trust classroom.



Level 1: Personal Alignment

These qualities not only apply to teaching, rather these are the timeless principles of
effective living.
Success starts with Level 1. Genuine effectiveness with regard to these qualities will provide the teacher
with the foundation required to progress to level 2.


Level 2: Professional Alignment

The focus in Level 2 is on content and the

basic “people skills” required as a classroom teacher and faculty
member.


Level 3: Operations

Level 3 is about “automating” your classroom, which reduces the teachers’ workload and can significantly
decrease stress.


Level 4: Inviting Classroom Culture

The 4
th

Level is about creating an “inviting classroom culture.”


dictated by the skill of the teacher…not
by classroom decorations. While level 2 addresses the basic people skils of the teacher, level 4 addresses
“advanced” skills.


Level 5: Winning S
tudent Trust

This level focuses on specific teacher behaviors, when combined with levels 1
-
4, can literally unleash
student potential. Students enter your classroom with a given self image, but leave your classroom better
than they were at the beginning o
f the year. This is the ultimate goal of high
-
trust teaching.



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L
EVEL
1:

P
ERSONAL
A
LIGNMENT

1.

Mastery of Emotions ~ Emotional intelligence

2.

Mission Driven ~ Moral Compass, Mission Statement

3.

Integrity ~ True to Your Core!

4.

Life Management ~ Manage Your Life wi
th Purpose, Disciplined in a Moment of Choice

5.

Mastery of Habits ~ Thoughts Control Choices, Choices Become Habits, Habits Define Your Destiny

6.

Maintains Health ~ Level of Fitness


L
EVEL
1:

P
ERSONAL
A
LIGNMENT
~

A
CTION
P
LAN

L
EVEL
2:

P
ROFESSIONAL
A
LIGNMENT

7.

Content Mastery

8.

Preparation

9.

Positive Expectancy

10.

Professional Development

11.

Team Player

12.

Calm in Crisis

13.

Proper Attire

14.

Great Listener


L
EVEL
2:

P
ERSONAL
A
LIGNMENT
~

A
CTION
P
LAN

L
EVEL
3:

O
PERATIONS

Level 3 contains 5 specific teacher qualities that contribute
to the day
-
to
-
day business within the
classroom. They are:

15.

The Business of Teaching

16.

Classroom Procedures

17.

Clear Communication

18.

Measures Student Progress

19.

Teaches With Tools


Success in the classroom is largely dependent upon the teacher’s ability to manage t
he hundreds of little
things that happen every day. Things like, handing in homework, sharpening pencils, grading quizzes,

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returning phone calls, and answering student questions. The efficient management of these things will
allow teachers to focus on th
e more important things. This includes building relationships, developing
powerful lesson plans, partnering with colleagues, and researching new classroom strategies.


In this section we will explore 5 qualities that will free your mind, reduce stress, an
d help teachers remain
focused on their goals and tasks for the day.


These are the things that happen behind the scenes of a High
-
Trust Classroom.


L
EVEL
3:

O
PERATIONS
~

A
CTION
P
LAN

L
EVEL
4:

I
NVITING
C
LASSROOM
C
ULTURE

Level 4 of the High
-
Trust Classroom
is designed to help teachers create an inviting classroom culture. The
6 qualities within this level are:

20.

Mutual Goals

21.

Charisma

22.

Teaches beyond the curriculum

23.

Shows “Why”

24.

Humor

25.

Theatrics


Great teachers purposely create an inviting classroom culture.
Students come to class because they want
to be there. Before school or after school, students hang around because they feel cared for and safe.
While some teachers lock their door and hope that students will just leave them alone, within the high
-
trust c
lassroom the students are encouraged to show up early and stay late. Their classroom is not just
about feeling safe and having fun, it is about genuine learning. All aspects of the classroom are designed
to spark the curiosity of the student.


The creati
on of an inviting classroom culture has less to do with decorations and posters on the wall and
more to do with the atmosphere that is created by the teacher’s presence. Due to this inviting culture,
many students not only want to attend the class, they c
an’t wait to get to class.


L
EVEL
4:

I
NVITING
C
LASSROOM
C
ULTURE
~

A
CTION
P
LAN


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L
EVEL
5:

W
INNING
S
TUDENT
T
RUST

Level 5 of the high
-
trust classroom is wining student trust. This level contains four specific teacher
qualities that contribute to winning the
trust of your students. They are:

26.

Inspirational

27.

Expresses Empathy

28.

Meets Unexpressed Needs of Others

29.

Unleashes Potential


With our constantly changing culture, educators are faced with new challenges in and outside of the
classroom. These new challenges r
equire new thinking and new behaviors. In fact, a new paradigm is
needed. This new paradigm is winning student trust. For top educators, this is nothing new. Building
relationships and winning the trust of their students has long been their secret. Wh
en people describe a
teacher as having “IT”, trusting relationships and an incredible rapport is what they are talking about.


Educators must be personally and professionally aligned to succeed, anything less will ultimately result in
these students losi
ng and the school losing.


Winning student trust is rooted in that teacher’s effectiveness withi
n Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the High
-
T
rust classroom. Mediocre performance at these levels is a consistent predictor of future challenges
associated with a low
-
trust classroom culture.


L
EVEL
5:

W
INNING
S
TUDENT
T
RUST

~

A
CTION
P
LAN

Addressing Student Misbehavior

The High
-
Trust Classroom
provides a Principle
-
Centered approach to student misbehavior. When
student
-
teacher trust is high, misbehavior is low. Teachers send students to the office for one of two
reasons:

1. A major violation

2. Petty annoyances


The decrease in student misbeh
avior is a direct result of the successful application of the foundational
levels of the high
-
trust classroom.


They consistently model character, they are professionally aligned to be a great teacher, they consistently
reinforce classroom procedures to
make the classroom run smoothly and they have created an inviting
classroom culture. Leads cumulatively to winning student trust, and with high trust, student misbehavior
is low.




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High Trust Teacher on Student Misbehavior:

1.

Addresses it immediately.

2.

Remo
ves emotions form the interaction.

3.

Is very specific about what the student did wrong.

4.

Tells the student ho they FEEL about the choice they made.

5.

Reminds the student that they are values, but the behavior is not.

6.

Has the student recognize that there are 2 c
onsequences for their choice.

1. Social (example: lower grade, detention)

2. Natural (example: missing out on the learning or relationship challenges with others in the
class)


Dr. Ruby K. Payne, in
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
, says an effective student discipline
program should move students toward “self
-
governance.” And the 2 anchors that allow students to move
toward self
-
governance are
structure and choice.


Self
-
governance requires the self
-
awareness that the behavior o
r choice was wrong. To facilitate this
process, Dr. Payne suggests that students should answer 4 questions:

1. What did you do?

2. When you did that, what did you want?

3. What 4 things could you have done that would have been a better choice?

4. What
will you do next time?


These are deeply rooted in HABIT 1: BE PROACTIVE. When making choices, we must recognize the space
between stimulus and response. This allows us to pause, analyze our options, and make the right choice.
Within the high
-
trust cla
ssroom, the execution of this process is rather painless; however it may seem an
absolute impossibility in the low
-
trust classroom.


Current Reality? Or Level of Denial?



Denial


blame their problems on the students, parent, or a weak school administration
.



Challenges are diminished within the high
-
trust classroom.



High
-
Trust classroom is an oasis for students


free of the drama they may be occurring in their
world.



The high
-
trust classroom is where students learn, through your modeling, how to cope with t
he
challenges that life is throwing their way.


The teacher is the critical variable that dictates the attitude and culture within the classroom. You must
be humbly asking yourself, “How might I be contributing to the current situation?”


Your self
-
awaren
ess must begin by genuinely assessing yourself on each of the qualities. Look at your
High
-
Trust Teacher Assessment


Could any of your weaknesses be contributing to your current
challenges? For a deeper assessment


ask a high
-
trust colleague to help yo
u recognize your blind spots.
Do you have areas of weakness that you are totally oblivious to?


Sadly, many teachers will not attempt to analyze the deeper causes of student misbehavior within their
classroom. One of those reasons is FEAR. They don’t wa
nt to look deeply at SELF, for fear of what th
ey
may find. Instead, they take

the easy road. They BLAME the students, parents, and others!



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Ability

will get you to the top, but
character

will keep you there.”
~ John Wooden

Level 1:

Personal Alignment: Are You a Good Person? Can you Mange your Life?

Level 2:

Professional Alignment: Do You Have the Basic Skills to Succeed in the Classroom?

Level 3:

Operations: Do you Maximize the Variables That Can Help Your Classroom Run Smoot
hly?

Level 4:

Inviting Classroom Culture: These Are the Reasons Why Students Can’t Wait To Get To Your Class

Level 5:
Winning Student Trust: These Are the Highly Complex Skills Required to Win Student Trust and
Ultimately Unleash Student Potential


Next

Steps
High Trust Classroom
:



Book Study Groups



High
-
Trust Workshops (1 & 2 Day Processes)



Keynote Presentations



Professional Life and Work Coaching



Online pre
-

and post
-
assessment ~ Go to www.thehightrustclassroom.com


Ultimate Goal of The High
-
Trust
Classroom…
is to convince students of their potential, even more than
they see it in themselves.
By convincing students to see their potential, students will begin to achieve
from the inside out!




Goal in this process is to help teachers unleash the hid
den potential in all students.



A secondary effect of developing these skills is that teachers will experience a greater sense of
fulfillment and career satisfaction.



This will contribute to a happier workplace, decreased stress, and increased teacher long
evity!


Thank You for Learning and Growing with me!

Jennifer M. Reecy

Cell Phone:
605
-
351
-
3038

Email:
Jenn.Reecy@gmail.com

or
Jennifer.Reecy@franklincovey.com

Web Address:
http://web.me.com/jenn.reecy/Site/Welcome_to_Agape.html