Learners need to feel comfortable with one another to learn, but for a true sense of community, values must be communicated and if possible, shared by members of the community.
As students composed their Declarations of Education, they realized that they weren’t only telling their teachers and administrators what was important in education, they were also sharing these ideas with one another.
“It’s not only for the teachers, it’s for the students, too.”
“I’m not the only one with these problems.”
“I’m not the only one who thinks this.”
Common values. Common problems. Common solutions. Consistent goals that will assist in coming closer to achievement.
Collaboratively creating the declarations allowed students the opportunity to discover intrinsic beliefs that would bond them and poise them for agency.