Kate Ahearn at TLWMSN tagged me for a meme started by Patrick Black at Teaching All Students. The goal is to share three things you believe about all students then to tag others to join in on the conversation.
Here are some of my guiding philosophies (I tried to share ones that were a bit different from the old "standards"):
1. Going beyond the standard credo of "all students CAN learn," I believe that all students DO learn; WHAT they learn is very dependent on what the rest of us (teachers, families, peers, etc.) do in their lives
2. Every student/person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of age, ability, or any other descriptor you choose to use, including respecting and honoring differences and preferences, fostering interdepence not dependence, and creating an atmosphere of acceptance for unique qualities
3. Every student/person has the right to communicate their thoughts and feelings and to express their opinions, even if it's not something others want to hear or expressed in an atypical fashion
and just for kicks...
4. No one can do everything but everyone can do something and every student/person should be given credit for what they can contribute to any given project, activity, discussion, situation, opportunity, etc. and not have those contributions overlooked, ignored, or denied because of perceived "lack of ability" (Recognize the tagline on my email anyone?)
If you wish to participate, consider yourself tagged AnneMarie and Barrie.
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