Who owns our values as ESOL teachers?



Values are a funny thing. Two people could have the same set of information and make completely different decisions based on it. Both of these decisions would be right for them because their values are different. Presented with a cake and knowing it would make me chubby in the long term and happy in the short term, I would eat the cake: good call! Someone else might choose to avoid the cake: also a good call!

Another example. You want to take a Korean class. You find information about two different courses. One of them has a big focus on speaking, the other has a focus on writing. Neither of the courses are a better course. It all depends on what you value.

It’s all fine and dandy making a decision based on your values when you’re the only stakeholder, but as teachers we have many stakeholders who all potentially…

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