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Pathmaps: Values and Beliefs
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Values and Beliefs

Our understandings, beliefs and perceptions shape the way we look at ourselves, our families, our communities, our world. Our beliefs about the realm of the spiritual affect our social, ethical, political, and other selves.

Classroom Activities

Discovering Prayer
A range of activities to help lower and middle school students begin to explore ways of praying. Link to activity

Love Your Neighbor?
Small teams of students reflect on three different texts that focus on "neighborliness"; one from the Jewish tradition, one from the Christian tradition and one from Islam. Students answer questions related to each text and to their own thinking. For middle and upper school students. Link to activity

Right or Wrong?
This exercise, for middle and upper school students, begins with individual reflection, is followed by small group discussion, then ends with a larger group consensus about what makes things right and wrong. The aim is to give students greater insight into the sometimes complicated issues of what is right and wrong. Link to activity

See all Pathmaps Activities for Values & Beliefs by clicking the "More in this Section" dropdown above [Please note that some of these activities are for CSEE Members Only].

Questions for Students

Is there an ultimate "right" and "wrong"?

How do you determine which is right when you have two rights?

What stories, or myths, give you meaning?

What do you have on your facebook/ myspace page? Imagine a page that best describes you- is it different than the one you have now? How?

What truths and values do I live by, and from whom did I learn them?

Do I believe that people are born with some of their beliefs? Why? Which ones?

Questions for Schools

What opportunities do our students have to process their values?

Does our school live out its mission, and revisit it?

Do our students support the mission?

How does your schedule, curriculum, and disciplinary code align with the school values?

Do we create space/time for students to live out their beliefs, from a variety of traditions, in personal and communal ways?

Intentional Action
Meaning & Purpose
Awe & Mystery
Self-Knowledge / Self-Worth
Transformative Experiences


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