Trust: A Master Teacher's Perspective on Why It Is Important: How to Build It and Its Implications for MBE Research


Address correspondence to Katherine Clunis D'Andrea, Mission Hill School, 20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130; e-mail:


Teaching is an interaction. It is a relationship between my students and myself. For successful interactions to take place there needs to be trust. In order for my students to be successful I have to be successful as well. My students and I have to have a variety of interactions. These interactions build trust, which leads to bonding. I believe these are the core components to success for myself and therefore my students. The environment that I work in also has to be about trust. I have to feel trusted to do my job in order to be successful. My experiences hopefully will lead to more research and the understanding of trust in the cognitive process of learning.