Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I believe...

I have been tagged by Beth Knittle for the "I believe..." meme started by Barry Bachenheimer.

This meme is a mission statement and vision for what we believe about education. Wow...what do I believe? That has changed so much since graduating college, teaching a variety of level of students and science subjects. But here goes. Here is what I believe....

  • Learning to think critically and independently is an important, lifelong skill that is crucial for living in this world
  • Explain simply, connect the important points, and find a deeper understanding. Learn to find your voice and be reflective. "Write to learn".
  • Education should focus on questioning, seeking knowledge and using social behavior to create a mindset for solving problems.
  • Conversations are an important way to learn instead of just repeating found information
  • Education should focus on doing instead of just reading or finding.
  • Leadership, communication, collaboration and sharing has a place with all learners including teachers.
  • Compare, contrast, evaluate and examine both ends of issues and ideas. Remove your boundaries to learning.
  • Education is never done and is continuous even when you don't think you need it.
I am sure I don't practice these very well but I am still learning and worth showing students that important point too.

Now I would like to tag the following educators to see what they believe:
Claire Thompson
Zach Chase
Tim Stahmer

Tags: Beth Knittle, Barry Bachenheimer


  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I found this one a hard one to write on as I guess as learners we are always reflecting and refining our thinking. It would be an interesting meme to revisit in the future.

  2. Beth,

    I definitely agree. It was a difficult one. As we continually refine and challenge our thinking, it would not be very long in the future.

  3. Hi Louise, I'm a little behind on my blog reading so it was only today that I'd found you'd 'tagged' me--yikes! I'll try and post something in the next day or so. Thanks for the opportunity!