Core values

This year, our new head of school initiated school-wide teacher evaluation surveys to be completed by students.

The questions were relevant, and I was mostly very happy with the students’ responses.

There were two areas, where “sometimes” was the modal response, rather than “often” or “very often”. So I decided to tackle those two issues up front. 

The first “sometimes” was in response to the prompt “My teacher models the school’s core values.”  When I spoke to the students about this, they smiled and said “none of the teachers deal with the core values”.  I actually think they misinterpreted the question as something like “My teacher explicitly incorporates the core values into lessons.” But they certainly have a point: neither the students nor I knew the core values.  So I read them out to the class.


So now my challenge is to incorporate these values into lesson and unit plans, I think.  Or post a different one on the class website every week or month, perhaps. 

About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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2 Responses to Core values

  1. Lovely core values list. I can see working on those in math class, especially critical inquiry and challenging experiences.

  2. Stephen says:

    I found the same – when we projected them up as students were completing the questionnaire, they saw the relationships between them and our class, but we don’t explicitly address them in our units. I think the components of the mission statement are more measureable and directly addressable through planning. We could have the core values as a big, clear poster in each class, to be referred to as the chance arises, much like the learner profile.

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