I was invited to visit a class today that struck me as so different. Due to budget cuts, the only guidance counselor in this elementary school has to teach 3 classes every morning during block time. He was such a good sport about this extra added duty assigned that he decided to teach life skills and values to his students. He used a website that I had only glanced at before and did such a great job drawing from the students’ hearts that I was inspired to dig deeper. Teaching values can be such a touchy subject for many, but finding common threads of human decency and passing it on is part of our high calling. I thought it would be so important to pass it on to you. This “tuesdays” is dedicated to all teachers who hope to instill classroom and personal values in their students and are not quite sure how to go about it.
A creative website
Values.com is loaded with inspirational quotes, videos and even billboards that you can make yourself. Their mission is to inspire people to live good values, seek out positive role models and lead better lives. According to the founders, “The Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate the values that make a difference in our communities. These uplifting messages, utilizing television, movie theaters, billboards, radio and the internet, model the benefits of a life lived by positive values. We believe people are basically good but sometimes just need a reminder. We also believe that the positive values we live by are worth more when we pass them on.” The website is so well done with such diverse ways to disseminate their message. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the site, it is quite in-depth.
An image to share
Inspirational poster from Values.com
There's only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.
Vincent "Vince" Lombardi
We all teach values in our classroom whether we call it that or not. Who doesn’t want a classroom that is safe, loving and welcoming? It doesn’t just happen because it takes nurturing and constant maintenance. Teaching values is not subject specific. As long as human being come together, we must learn to treat each other with respect and compassion. I was really impressed with what Values.com has to offer that I really want to encourage you to investigate it. Making your own billboard is worth it alone!
How do you do that?
How do you begin to teach values in the classroom? Don’t go it alone. Partner with another teacher and share ideas for the betterment of both your classrooms. I’d like to recommend a few great ideas on Values.com.
- Make your own billboard for your classroom.
- Have the students make their own billboards featuring a value.
- Play some of the inspirational videos. This one on optimism is priceless!
- Browse the website for inspirational quotes and memes.
- Interact with a wordle type cloud of values
- Check out this special area just for schools.
Teaching values doesn’t have to be reserved for the guidance counselor or the few. Instilling values and living out values is a precious part of educating the next generation.
As always, I am