Everyone who arrives at your classroom door asks themselves a form of the question: Can I trust you? This is true even if they are an administrator, a parent, a colleague, or a student. How we answer that question is important because an essential part of trust is understanding that it carries the possibility of loss whether of tangible things or intangibles like respect, according to philosophy professor Carolyn McLeod. She writes that the act of trust involves four separate actions:
- Allowing yourself to be vulnerable to others
- Thinking well of others
- Believing that the other is competent to do what you ask
- Adopting a generous mindset about the motives of others (2015).