As part of the 7th grade Opening Days, students grappled with Westridge’s four core values. They started by coming up with a list of synonyms corresponding to core values of RESPECT, INTEGRITY, RESPONSIBILITY, and INCLUSION.
After discussion and skits exploring the meaning and real world application of our values, students designed never-before-seen 3D metaphors for one of the values. Their materials were limited to cardboard and duct tape – a low-tech engagement with big ideas!
Once they defended their designs in small groups, their peers nominated a person to present to the entire class. Those students honored by their peers typed a short paragraph explaining their shelters, gleaning a deeper understanding of those values by attending to language, experimenting with metaphor, and engaging in the non-specific transfer of knowledge. By welcoming different ideas and new classmates into this big conversation, they realized that they were living the four core values themselves.