Maine ASCD Journal of Maine Education

Journal 2015

The Journal of Maine Education is published by the Maine chapter of ASCD with acknowledgements of in-kind contributions from the University of Maine at Augusta. Our mission is to shape, energize and customize learning for all Maine educators.

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Volume XXXI - Page 118 - 2015 Establishing Credibility and Trust I am a technology integrator, a teacher of teachers, and like many educators in coaching, consulting, or other specialist roles, I face an incredible challenge. I spent ten years working for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), oen leading workshops for teachers I had never met before and might not ever see again. Sometimes teachers were attending the workshop not out of choice, but because an administrator required it. I soon learned that I couldn't just jump into the content in these sessions; I had to take the time at the beginning to establish credibility and trust. I had to convince them that I knew what I was talking about and that I would treat them with respect and not make them look foolish. I also learned that I had to do this within the first five or ten minutes or I would lose them. I'll admit that I wasn't very skilled at this at first, but over time I developed some techniques that seemed to work. Usually this involved telling a quick story or asking a simple question designed to engage the group and help them feel comfortable working with me. Sometimes I resorted to admitting what I didn't know or sharing the mistakes I've made in the past. Once, when I was asked to present at a conference for visual and performing arts teachers, I decided to develop something that would appeal to art BARBARA GREENSTONE PRESENTING/CONSULTING I had to convince them that I knew what I was talking about and that I would treat them with respect and not make them look foolish.

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