This idea was inspired by Madeline Levine's book Teach Your Children Well. In the back of her book, page 251, there is a checklist of core values that she encourages readers to use to identify their family's core beliefs and family culture from which to make critical decisions. What if students did this exercise at the beginning of the year? In each class? In advisory? In home room? Each student could identify their core values. Maybe they also take the exercise home to their family. After students do the exercise individually, the group or class can identify the top 5 or 10 to be their goal values that will guide decisions and discussions throughout the year.
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