Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

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This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

by TeachThought Staff

This is part one in our four-part “This is our classroom” series, one that will help you and your students take a look at your classroom as a “whole thing”–one first and foremost human, in dogged pursuit of understanding, and fully aware of themselves and how they relate to the world around them. In part 2, we’ll take a look at the idea of “inclusion”–academically, culturally, and socially.

Classrooms are–perhaps increasingly?–seen as academic places of data, points, and performance. As learning spaces and places, they are as characterized by numbers, levels, and alphanumeric characters as they are curiosity, dreams, innovation, or authentic understanding. In short, it just might be that we’ve put the processes, policies, and procedures before the human beings. And that includes both teachers (as anonymous managers of “learning cycles”) and students (as the evidence for our collective failures or success).

With that in mind, we’ve developed four characteristics of a “human” classroom–your classroom, hopefully–and created statements of affirmation for each of the four: Wisdom, Inclusion, Community, And Innovation. Part one of four appears below.

Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

  1. We value our questions over our answers.
  2. We see how our perspective impacts everything–“reality,” for example.
  3. We instinctively compare what we believe we know with what there is still to learn.
  4. We see the relationships between ourselves and those around us as complex, important, and constantly changing.
  5. We (try to) grasp the significance of what we learn.
  6. We know that our own understanding begins with knowing what’s worth understanding.
  7. We seek to find the bias in our thinking—and don’t always apologize for it.
  8. We value our time and our place.
  9. We accept uncertainty.
  10. We minimize the separation between what we learn and how we live.

This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation