Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Testing your beliefs: What are the reasons for your reasons?

Recently, I began reading The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand.  Though I am only a few pages into the book, I ran across this passage on page 38:
"...the test of a belief is not immutability.  Our reasons for needing reasons are always changing."
I have been leading a discussion recently with a group of teachers.  The goal of this on-going discussion is to eventually articulate what great teaching looks like in our division.  Basically, we are developing a profile of great teaching as it appears in our community.

This discussion has begun with two sessions concerning our beliefs about teaching and learning.  Most of the input has been quite personal.  In addition, the beliefs shared by the teachers have been quite diverse.  All in all, I am quite happy with this beginning.

Reflecting back on the passage above, what impact (if any) does such a statement have on your beliefs about teaching and learning?
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