“During times of change, it is important to lean into our values. Doing so helps us to remain grounded and true to our vision of what a quality education looks and feels like... and building a classroom and school culture is more than merely instituting a set of practices. As useful as practices like thinking routines, documentation, and effective questioning can be, culture runs deeper. Culture is built on our values and beliefs and embedded in the messages we send. Thus, deep and lasting transformation must begin by embracing a set of beliefs about teaching, learning, and schooling.” ~Harvard Graduate School of Education
How might our beliefs about the capability of students impact the learning opportunities we create? How can our beliefs help us navigate complexity and uncertainty?
It is important to begin with your beliefs about teaching and learning so that you can create a learning environment that reflects your hopes and dreams for your students.
When we take the time to reflect and make this thinking visible to ourselves, and we set intentions to create this type of learning environment, the decisions that we make will reflect our beliefs. It might also be important to share your intentions with others (colleagues, families...). As you will see below, some educators in our district are doing this by writing and sharing intention letters.