Teaching Values?

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Teaching Values?
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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 3:35pm

A discussion has come up in one of my classes about teaching values and I need some additional opinion. One of the other instructors on campus told them, more than one of my students

Sherry

 

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 8:54am

Of course we teach values! Here's the thing, students are with us most of their childhood. If we didn't teach them values, who would do it? They see their parents in the morning (some of them) and then maybe for awhile after school when their parents get home from work. When are the parents supposed to teach them values? It's kind of left up to us. I teach character education in my class everyday. They learn responsibility, respect, trustworthines....etc. I also try to model that behavior in the way that I interact with them.


As far as teaching them values through classroom management, we have to do that. If we didn't, the students would not understand how to respect each other and the teachers. I'm not saying that none of the students are learning these things at home because there are a lot of really good parents out there, but there are a lot that are just not around to teach their kids these things. :)

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 12:43pm

I don't know how you would teach without "values". Students are learning them in everything we do, not just character education programs but also through classroom expectations (I prefer that term, lol) as well as everyday assignments that include such things as due dates......yes, we value timeliness :)

I don't punish in my class but keep in mind that I mainly teach students with more moderate disabilities. Now, both my daughters are in classrooms with teachers who are big "punishers". Thankfully, my girls are very well behaved at school so I don't have an issue but everyday it is the same 2-4 kids who are being punished. When the same kids are doing the same behaviors over and over without change then you have to know that the punishment is not working. I guess it can work but not all the time....

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Judy

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 5:30pm

Hello, Judy! When you said, "When the same kids are doing the same behaviors over and over without change then you have to know that the punishment is not working. I guess it can work but not all the time...." you could have written the response I gave to my students.

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 5:43pm

Hi, Candi! I agree that there are some good parents who try really hard to teach their kids values, right from wrong, but they struggle. Their kids hear their parents

Sherry

 

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Wed, 09-23-2009 - 8:03am
We have character traits we need to teach the kids every month. This month is perserverance. It is a district-wide initiative. I do think, though, that we teach them more than those traits. We teach by example all that we believe, even if we don't verbalize it. We also use teachable moments to spread common culture. Example: my cousin works in the same building I do. Her dad died last Friday. The sub who came in for her, as well as a teacher in the next grade up (who has all the students she taught last year) let the kids know, and had them sign
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Wed, 09-23-2009 - 9:41am

I agree. My schools have always done those little things like cards, baby gifts, money collectons, service projects etc. It's important to show the students that caring about others is rewarding for them too. Service learning is becoming a major requirement for

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Wed, 09-23-2009 - 7:20pm
I agree we teach values through our classroom expectations. I know I teach values when I teach kids about plagiarism and copyright law. If a student won't adhere to the academic honesty policy because they know it's the right thing to do, then they will follow it for fear of punishment but, you can say the same thing for all rules/laws. I remember learning about Kohlberg's theory of moral development in my developmental psych class in college and it certainly applies to the discussion upthread about punishment.
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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 6:13pm

You are right. I think the main thing people miss when discussing punishment as a teaching method is that, as you said, they will follow the rule selectively when it benefits them. They don't necessarily value the rule or the situation enough to have a consistent behavior. Nor does it help them develop a moral code that influences decision making and the choice to act consistently. A child that it punished for stealing

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Sat, 09-26-2009 - 3:45pm

I think we do teach values, but not in an explicit way.

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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 5:37pm

Wow, I haven't been here in a while :)


Yep. I definitely teach values. In our school system, we are in loco parentis (don't know if most other school systems operate this way). Therefore, we teach manners, etc.

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