For the students who weren't proficient in English, we used posters acted as visual cues to be aware of the different values.
VALUES SHARING CIRCLE
Coming together as a class at end of the day with the teacher, provided a platform for the students to discuss, reflect and call out instances of demonstration of values, through the day.
Apart from publicly recognising students for demonstrating values in class, values trackers provided teachers and students with numerous examples from the classroom, to discuss and praise at values sharing circles.
Despite repeated warnings by teachers, a child in my class used to regularly pick things that did not belong to her and hide them. Over a few months, I kept talking to her each day about “Honesty”, hoping for here to realise the impact of her actions and fix them. One day, our school principal told me how the child had come up to her and returned some chalks she had previously taken, mentioning that she should not be taking the school’s properties.
This moment gave me an incredible amount of happiness, and I made it a point to recognise her action publicly in class. The child was literally jumping with joy when the class acknowledged her act of honesty.
Despite repeated warnings by teachers, a child in my class used to regularly pick..
The most important aspect of this approach of building values would be that, in a class of 40 kids from diverse backgrounds and languages, it has given us all the much needed common vocabulary, to talk about and address our behaviour every single moment. This in turn combined with reflections at the end of our day made all of us - teachers and students, a bit more cognizant of how we and other people around us act and respond as individuals.
The most important aspect of this approach of building values would be that...
In a context where most of our students come from extremely tough and violent backgrounds, teaching values has proved to be a blessing for the teachers with regards to behaviour management in class. What started in an extrinsic sense with us giving students stars and stickers each time they demonstrated values, has turned into a completely intrinsic scenario, with students reflecting and fixing their actions on their own.
In a context where most of our students come from extremely tough and violent
When we started teaching values in school, we were able to give our children a framework to think about themselves and their actions by exposing them to the various values and supported them to pull out learnings for themselves. Teachers were also encouraged to make the most of teaching moments in the class by talking about the values children showed or struggled to show, using posters and trackers. Largely, the impact of values in school has been the materialisation of our desire to make children the thinking and learning individuals which I want them to become.
Assistant School Lead
When we started teaching values in school, we were able to give our children a...
PARENT TEACHER MEETING
To build a synchronised culture of values for children at home too, we involved their parents by making them aware of the values through role plays and discussions, and providing them with ways to respond to instances of their children showing/not showing values at home.