For this installment of the Middle School Head’s Blog, I have decided to share with you eleven bits of wisdom that I reflect upon and utilize in my work with the students, faculty, and parents every day. These Principles of the Principal—gathered over my thirty-eight years as a middle school educator—have helped influence the way I approach life, both personally and professionally.
- ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH.
- Before you say, act or do something, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? (Another variation to this is to use the mnemonic device T.H.I.N.K– Is it: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?)
- Violence is any mean word, look, or act that hurts a person’s body, feelings, or things.
- The Four R’s: RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, RISK, RELATIONSHIPS
- “A wise old owl, sat in an oak,
The more he saw, the less he spoke,
The less he spoke, the more he heard,
Now wasn’t he a wise old bird.”
- English nursery rhyme
- “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but the thread of it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Whatever befalls the earth befalls also the children of the earth.”
- Chief Seattle
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