My word is Trust.
I have seen it defined as: “Firm belief in the character, strength, ability and truth of someone; belief that someone is good and honest and will not harm.” Synonyms could include integrity, confidence, belief, conviction, reliance, dependable, honest and empathetic.
Every day, parents trust us with their most precious possessions, their children. In many cases, we have never met them before the first day of school. Still, the parents put their kids on the bus, or get drop them off, and they enter our schools as energy in search of adventure. All of our parents have participated in public education, so all of them certainly have opinions about us, how we should do our jobs, and how we should conduct ourselves as professionals.
Mostly, they trust us to do the right things for their child, not necessarily for all children at the expense of their child. Not the most popular thing, not what is happening at the next district down the road, not the latest fad, or something from the most recent “10 Things Every Educator…” email or blog post that hit our inbox. Just what they believe is in the best interest of their child.
We have the responsibility to earn their trust, every day, and never take it for granted.
When they enter our classrooms or offices, do they see us as professionals whom they can trust? Maybe I’m still a bit old school, but when I am sitting in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, I get to see his/her license and credential. In my office, you will see diplomas and certificate. Hopefully, it conveys a message.
As we all know, trust is difficult to earn, and easy to lose.
What have we done, today, to earn the trust and respect of all those we are here to serve?