I don't know, but let's figure it out together

This statement contains so many parts and so much encouragement. We are primarily saying

I don’t know the answer to your question, or I don’t know how to do what you are asking me to do, but I trust you enough that I am willing to work with you to find out a solution that makes us both happy or solves our problem.

How powerful is that? This statement breaks down walls and allows for a safe place for multiple people to create something new.

A part of me feels just like the lost students I help to class every day. Probably not as scared, and not as stressed to get to class, but there is always a little bit of fear as we try new things. The one thing I can honestly tell the students and teachers of the new school is, “I don’t know, but let’s figure it out together.”