Appendix 4     Suggested journal questions for Curriculum Section Two

  • As a student, you have had an opportunity to experience many different teachers. Think back over your school days. Have you ever had a teacher who had a unique style of classroom management that you appreciated? What was unique about that teacher’s classroom rules and the way in which he/she implemented those rules?
  • art_exercise_11Have you ever had a teacher who enforced a rule system in his/her classroom that you found difficult to abide by? Explain.
  • Write about someone in your life – apart from the individuals you reflected on in Lessons Two and Three – who is a person who seems to have a very clear set of values or rules for living and who disciplines himself/herself to follow them. Do you admire this person? Explain.
  • Think about your own personal life. Are there values or rules for living that you have put in place to guide yourself, but which you sometimes have difficulty following? Explain?
  • To some degree, we all have a system of rules for ourselves. Do you discipline yourself if you do not meet the expectations that you have set for yourself? Explain.
  • Have you ever endured teasing for adhering to a value, principle or personal rule that is important to you? Describe that experience and how you felt about it.
  • Was there ever an occasion or time when you endured teasing for adhering to your personal rules for living and then felt good about standing up for what you believed? Explain. Would you act in the same way if it happened to you again? Explain.
  • Have you ever teased someone in a hurtful way for adhering to her or his values and then you regretted it? Describe your feelings about this incident. What did you learn from this experience?
  • Do you as an individual have some values or rules that guide your life which are different from those of your peer group? Explain.
  • Throughout history, there are many people who have made a decision to die for what they believed in. How do you feel about such a commitment? Explain.
  • What is a rule?