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Back to School Precepts Blog Series

September 17, 2014

backtoschoolToday I completed the Back to School Precept of the Day Blog Post Series. My hope is that  these precepts will support you in planning for a successful school year.

1. Precepts: Principles to Live and Teach By

Precept 1: “Kids may remember nothing we tried to teach them but they will always remember how they and their ideas were treated in our classrooms. Kids who come back…..remember climate, relationships, and how they felt. They are just like us actually. We loved the teachers who made us feel lovable, intelligent, important.”

(Kohn, 2006, pp. 150-51).

2. A Welcoming Classroom Community for All Students

Precept 2: Welcome and Accept ALL students.

 “Subtle and overt forms of racism and prejudice hinder relationships between students and teachers and impede learning. The more obvious one’s cultural difference is, the greater are the chances one may experience prejudice or discrimination.”

(Lindsey, R., Graham, S., Westphal, R., & Jew, C., 2008, p. 12)

3. Partnering with Parents

Precept 3: “The relationships you foster with your students and their parents are extremely important. Children appreciate teachers who treat them like human beings. Parents appreciate a teacher who cares enough to include them in their child’s education.”

(Working with Students and Parents, 2006, LDOnline:

4. Be a Part of Your School Community

Precept 4: “The nature of relationships among the adults within a school has a greater influence on the character and quality of that school and on student accomplishment than anything else.”

(Barth, 2006)

5. Speak Up At School

Precept 5: “The campaign against bigotry involves all of us. Each of our voices matters, and each is vital to creating inclusive schools—schools that embrace the great diversity of our nation.

So speak up. Don’t let hate have the last word.”

Teaching Tolerance

6. It’s About Time

Precept 6: “Time is priceless. You have it, but you don’t own it. You spend it, but you can’t keep it. And once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back. Use it wisely!”


7. Organizing a Welcoming and Safe Classroom!

Precept 7: “Master teachers use the classroom space to support educational goals. They see the physical space as a component of teaching that can motivate and engage students, reduce behavioral problems, and heighten learning.”

(Carpenter, Fontanini, & Neiman, 2010, p. 72)

8. Building Relationships with Students

Precept 8: “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship of mutual respect.”

Dr. James Comer

9. Responding to Student Behavior

Precept 9:

buehner quote

10. The Key to Classroom Management – Plan to Prevent Problems

Precept 10: The most effective way to deal with difficult behavior is to prevent it.

11. The Decisive Element in the Classroom: The Teacher

Precept 11:

The Dilemma

“I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that will create the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a student’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a student humanized or de-humanized.”

Haim Ginott


Have a great school year!


Our interactive notebooks for recording and reflecting  were an overwhelming success!

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