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Trust II: BRAVING for Daring Classrooms


Trust is a big concept, but breaking it down with the BRAVING acronym helps students understand its contours. The seven elements of BRAVING trust are:

  • Boundaries: What’s okay and what’s not okay.
  • Reliability: You do what you say you’ll do.
  • Accountability: You own your mistakes, apologize, and fix it if you can.
  • Vault: You don’t share information or experiences that are not yours to share.
  • Integrity: You choose courage over comfort. You choose what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy. And you choose to practice your values rather than simply professing them.
  • Nonjudgment: You can ask for help without being hard on yourself and you’re not hard on others who need help.
  • Generosity: You extend the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words, and actions of others.

This resource is part of a collection of courage-building concepts and tools that can be integrated into the classroom. You can explore more of these resources here.

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