Am I living what I value?

For the past month, since I was lucky enough to attend both annual conferences for VASCD and VSTE, I have been thinking about this question. I started a list of things I value and believe. When something strikes me strongly, I try to add it.

So far, my list of things I value includes:

  • play
  • explaining one’s thinking
  • student choice
  • student responsibility
  • reflection (for teachers and students)

Under the idea of things I believe:

  • testing is a lazy way to assess learning

I anticipate adding more to these lists, but for the moment there is plenty to think about. Over the next week I intend to reflect on each of these items and analyze how well I am actually living them in my classroom. Too often I think I get caught up in what I’m told to do, what others are doing, what is easy, or what I’ve always done, and don’t do what I believe is best. That doesn’t upset me too much, I’m human, but I do want to take some time to see where I’m going strong and where I want to focus more energy.

(And, to be honest, I want to spend more time writing as I have missed that and think it is important. Hopefully this will help me get back in the groove.)

2 replies on “Am I living what I value?”

  1. I like this exercise. I probably need to do something similar. I’d be interested in reading more about your beliefs about testing. I’d like to get a better sense of the nuances in your thinking.

  2. jenorr says:

    Phillip, my thoughts about testing are ones that could definitely use some fleshing out and some pushback from others.

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