Understanding our Personal Values
1 Attention Getter
To introduce the topic of values, begin a brief discussion by asking:
What in life is important to you?
How do you know when something is important to you - that you value it?
When you say one thing, but do another, what does that tell people about your values?
Hold a classroom discussion using prompts.
2 Direct Instruction
Create a google form titled Value Statements. Create questions with checkbox format. Format for questions should be Value Statement #1-#28 with checkbox responses of Not Important, Sometimes Important, and Important. Have students use their devices to respond to each value statement through the form.
Tell students that you are going to read a value statement and they are to select not important, sometimes important, or important on the form based on their own personal values.
3 Independent Practice
Teacher reads the following value statements while the students answer using the google form.
1. Being happy with who I am
2. Having a family of my own
3. having lots of money
4. having freedom to do what i want to do
5. being good at my job
6. having at least one close friend
7. choosing a career that interests me
8. becoming famous
9. going to college
10. being a leader
11. having lots of friends
12. being happy with my job or career
13. knowing others believe in me
14. being good at sports
15. having my own car
16. being able to make a difference
17. choosing a career that pays well
18. choosing a career that serves others
19. being recognized for what i know
20. being a role model for others
21. being religious or spiritual
22. getting good grades
23. having good health
24. believing in myself
25. serving in the military
26. being popular and well liked
27. being able to reach goals i have set
28. being able to continue despite difficulties
Students respond to the value statements through the google form.
4 Wrap Up
Use the results page of the google form to compare how students answered the value statements. Use these responses as a point of discussion. Compare the data.
Ask students the following questions to reflect on the experience. These could also be created as a written reflection assignment on google docs.
For which statements was it easy to decide where to stand? Which statements were more difficult? Why?
Were you surprised at how others ranked some of the values? Why or why not?
what do you do when your values differ from your friends' values?
have you ever disregarded someone else's values when making a decision? What did you do? What was his or her reaction?
In a google document, students respond to the following questions:
How did your ranking of values in this activity support being an effective leader? Explain.
As a leader, how can you balance the values of all the members of your group?