I want to also acknowledge that it can feel scary to ask a room that may or may not trust you yet to do something that requires vulnerability. We have probably all been witness to someone we didn’t trust trying to draw out of us what we weren’t willing to give. But be careful to not let those old experiences stop you. The way through is to trust that students are up for the task of being a “more open, not afraid” version of themselves. They can sense that I truly value and eagerly anticipate what they’re going to say (and I do!). While invisible, this perceivable quality of my intention infuses the room with trust. Students speak into that.