Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Having students identify and share their personal values (what they believe in at their core) is an incredible way for them to begin to understand and empathize with others and for you to get a better handle on how to strategically group students into effective teams.
Values Cards Protocol Instructions
Values Cards Printable Set
Values Cards Power Point
I used the Values Cards with my students to help us get to know one another better as we began our PBL project. I combined the Values Cards with an idea shared by Amanda Tejchma of having students design a personal business card to showcase their strengths for different jobs or task assignments. My class was completely engaged and eager to create a business card. I chose 20 values cards and made each student a set of them so they have a set for future tasks. They worked in teams, using one child’s cards to display on the table.
"I loved seeing the students engage in meaningful conversations about what values they see in themselves, what values they feel are the most important, and how they view those values as their strengths."
"It was cool to see that each of the members in my group had different value strengths. I hope that my strengths help me get the best job!"
Meet the Educator:
Amy is an educator at West Ottawa Public Schools. She teaches 4th grade at Lakewood Elementary.
"Integrating curriculum through PBL experiences has sparked a passion for authentic, real world problem solving in my students. My 4th graders are more actively engaged and enthusiastic about the learning process since I began using the Creative Sequence and Design Thinking protocols. They are gaining empathy for those around them and building employability skills along the way. It is thrilling to witness their excitement!"