The Covid-19 pandemic has drawn increased attention to the importance of care-informed pedagogy and the role of supportive classroom environments in higher education. This activity results in the development of a list of core values for a course. While it does not relate to a specific area of sociological content, it can be used for any course and...
- Subject Area(s):
- Teaching and Learning in Sociology
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
- Medium, Small
I do this activity on the first day of classes, highlighting that while a great deal of attention is given to the content of the course, I also want to be attentive to how we go about our work during our time together. It can be helpful to provide students with a list of values to use as a starting point, but they are not restricted to using only...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- To identify values that are important to students as individuals
- To develop an understanding of differences and similarities among values identified by other students in the class
- To create a list of values that students identify as important for the class, collectively
- Students write a list of five primary values that they consider important in their educational endeavors.
- Students discuss the values they identified in small groups and then respond to this prompt: What similarities and differences did you notice across the values mentioned by your group members?
- Through large group discussion, students share the values that they identified in small groups as being most significant. A list is created on the board, and then shared on the class LMS system.