- 45 minutes
- Social and Emotional Skills
6Schedule 01/24/21 08:00 AM Foundational Values Walkabout YE’s Foundational Values create a shared language and understanding of what creates value in our lives. Students will be asked to share their thoughts about a Foundational Value and give feedback on their classmates’ thoughts. This activity will spur a conversation amongst your students about what these values mean to https://teacheverywhere.org/activity/foundational-values-walkabout/Print
YE’s Foundational Values create a shared language and understanding of what creates value in our lives. Students will be asked to share their thoughts about a Foundational Value and give feedback on their classmates’ thoughts. This activity will spur a conversation amongst your students about what these values mean to each individual, what they mean to the YE classroom, and what they mean to the market outside the classroom.
*FV Walkabout virtual activity guidance was created by educator Kasey Winegar.
The idea of this activity is to move beyond knowing the definitions of these Foundational Values (FVs). We want to discuss what these mean to each individual, what they mean to the YE classroom, and what they mean to the market outside the classroom. Our goal is to develop a shared language about these 8 values and why they are important.
Social and Emotional Skills
- Students will practice elements of Social Awareness throughout this activity as they take on the perspectives of others when completing their walkabout. They will be challenged to read with open, receptive minds and do their best to not insert their own opinions while reading. This strategy is similarly used when individuals are seeking knowledge of other cultures and can be ascribed to learning to appreciate diversity. When the time is right, the students are prompted to “vote” whether they agree or disagree with what was described from each team. Each teacher has the opportunity to allow students the platform to articulate why they supported or did not support a team. Giving students this platform provides the opportunity for them to practice having respect for others as they will need to be considerate of the group they are “debating” against.
- Another core competency students will be practicing during this activity is Self-Awareness. During the debrief, students are challenged to identify their emotions as they receive constructive feedback from their peers. They are asked to share their personal thoughts and consider their interpretations of each foundational value. To complete this step, students will need to evaluate their personal life experiences that have led them to believe the associations they do as it relates to the definitions of the Foundational Values. This can be a difficult task when paired with others with different life experiences. The back and forth process of comparison and evaluation will allow for the students to regulate and articulate their self-perceptions.
- Review the activity guide.
- Decide if you want your students to work in groups or individually.
- If students will be in groups, decide how you move students into eight groups (one for each Foundational Value)
- Upload the FV Walkabout PowerPoint to your classroom platform so that it is a shared file that all students can have access to edit.
- Determine how you will engage students in the debrief following the activity.
- Divide students into eight groups, giving each group access to the shared file of the FV Walkabout PowerPoint.
- Discuss briefly the Foundational Values and why you are spending class time on this.
- Assign each group a Foundational Value.
- Explain that in their groups, they will need to add the following to the shared PowerPoint:
- Answer the three questions for their FV.
- Copy and paste photos that represent their FV.
- Send the groups to breakout rooms and allow them 7 minutes to answer the three questions for their FV and type it into the slide deck. (Remember to have them type into the shared PPT file so that each student will have the opportunity to scroll through what other groups answered.)
- Give the groups an additional 3-4 minutes to search for, copy, and paste photos that represent their FV into the PowerPoint.
- Once the time is up, bring the groups back to the main virtual room. For the next 5-7 minutes, share your computer screen with the completed PowerPoint deck and scroll slide to slide according to time allotment, providing opportunity for each student to read what was typed by each group.
- For the remaining time, go Foundational Value by Value and prompt students to use their “reaction” options for their virtual call to “vote” if they agree or disagree with what was written or photographed. For example, on Zoom, participants have the option to react with a hand clap or thumbs up.
- An alternate option is to set up a polling system for students to answer anonymously. Once you share the results, use that as a discussion point for continued conversation and debrief.
- As time allows, ask students to share out one thing that surprised them about what others challenged or confirmed.
Students can complete the debrief in many ways. Some options include on paper, in a group setting via any virtual call platform, or by recording their feedback using EdTech tools and sharing with their classmates.
- How did it feel when someone challenged what you put down?
- Did your idea of what that FV meant to you change throughout this activity?
- Which Foundational Value do you believe is the most important? Which is the least important?
- How did this activity ask you to Be Principled?
- Why is it important that our class has the same Knowledge around our Foundational Values?
- Why do you think YE believes these 8 values are important?
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