Helping Children Feel Safe To Share | Today’s Class | Heather Clayton Staker

Heather Clayton Staker|3/15/2021

In this class, Heather teaches three ways to build bridges that help learners connect across any divide they might be experiencing so that they feel safe enough to speak up and express themselves, whether at school or home.

You’ll learn to use digital tools to give learners a bridge into conversations where they might initially feel foreign or shy. You’ll discover how transparent norms can serve as a bridge to encourage sharing and participation. And you’ll explore how to tie your group discussions to individual student interests so that learners have an entry point into the group.

No one should go through the day unnoticed. Children and teenagers have ideas that can change the world. Learn how to bring everyone into the conversation.

Google Slides (software)

Book Creator (software)

Flipgrid (software)

Animoto (software)

How 2020 Shifted Perceptions of Technology in the Classroom (post; MRD Education)

Morning Group Discussion (video; Ready to Blend)

Ms. Kaylie’s slides for her Morning Group Discussion (slides; Ready to Blend)


Make a copy of the Survey of Safety in Sharing. Use it to diagnose how well you’re playing games, creating norms, giving opportunities for people to express themselves digitally, and tying discussions to participants’ interests.


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Heather Staker

Heather Staker is an adjunct researcher for the Christensen Institute and president of Ready to Blend. She is the co-author of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (San Francisco: Wiley, 2015) and co-founder of Brain Chase Productions, which produces online-learning challenges disguised as worldwide treasure hunts for students in grades 1-8.