#SOL15: March Challenge Day 4

Slice of Life

Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place for us to share our work.

Based on Stacey’s inspiration (and working to write more spontaneously) I went to Kendra Limback’s post this morning that was the result of reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jackie Woodson. Simply.amazing.Must.read.HERE!

A Creed

I Believe in students.
I Believe in being Kind.  All the time; Choose Kind.
I Believe in listening to students who will set the pace. That’s when real life happens and we really do “smell the roses”.
I Believe it’s sometimes necessary to “sprint” and other times to “stroll” down learning paths..
I Believe in FUN at school.
I Believe in collaboratively creating a space to learn.
I Believe that our lives need stories and books.  Great ones!
I Believe in a growth mindset. No goal is too high to reach.
I completely Believe in the power of a community to solve its problems.
I Believe in trust. Trust the child who needs the patience afforded by “Not Yet!”

I Believe in truth!
I Believe our students are our Miracles.  Our future!

I saw two basic definitions when I looked up creed:

  • a system of Christian or other religious beliefs or
  • a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone’s actions.  I chose the latter.

What guides your life? What do you Believe?


26 responses

  1. Great post. Something for us all to think about.

    1. Thanks, Jessie. I had to make a very conscious decision to keep it positive and focus on those things within my control! I think this would be fun writing for teachers!

      1. I agree. Would be a great thing to do at the start of the year.

  2. Didn’t you love that part of Brown Girl Dreaming? I have it tabbed and marked. Your creed is wonderful, Fran. So full of positive messages for learners everywhere. Great way to start my day.

    1. Thanks, Melanie.
      I’m ready to reread Brown Girl Dreaming for so many reasons including “tracking” some of Jackie’s thinking.

      I think we really need to be conscious of WHY we are in education.

      Have a fabulous day, Melanie! I’m off to help lead “Understanding by Design” work. One of my favorite PD sessions . . . so much growth in connecting the dots for learning!

  3. There wasn’t a moment of Brown Girl Dreaming that I didn’t love. Thanks for reminding me of that amazing place. Great Believe List!

    1. Thanks, Bonnie!
      It truly is a book to both SAVOR and to LOVE!

  4. This creed should hold a prominent place in all schools and classrooms. This is truly a great list. Thanks for sharing and reminding us what is important.

    1. It’s important to both discuss these beliefs and refer to them frequently as we work with students, families, teachers, communities and administrators. We should see daily evidence. 🙂

  5. These are unwavering beliefs, they are the root of your being. They are powerful and you are so wise (even though you have times of doubt). Your writing always reflects these beliefs. Awesome!

    1. What a compliment! Thank you so much! Our beliefs influence everything we do! I see that so much in all the people that I follow and admire! ❤

  6. Brown Girl Dreaming took my breath away. I love your creed, especially the sprint and stroll part. I have to remind myself of that. I always want to sprint.

    1. Dana,
      I am all about kids sprinting – and remind myself about “a sense of urgency” and allowing for “strolls through the park”. The OCD in me has a hard time with that – a public statement makes me pay attention! ❤

  7. A creed! What a clever idea! I reread it many times to try and find my favorite lines and I couldn’t. I agree with them all. School should be fun. Kids should be trusted. Teachers should follow students. Some paths should be sprinted down (all things math) and others should be savored (all things literacy). You and I share a lot of beliefs.

    1. Erin,
      Thanks so much! I hadn’t thought in terms of “subjects” for sprinting but you do have a point! The “kindred spirits” are easily found in #SOL15!

  8. Fran! I love your creed. I think you should frame it for your office/classroom/workspace. 🙂 (Since I don’t know what you have.) Keeping it focused on the students and the awesome work we do everyday was an amazing idea. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Kendra,
      Thanks to you and Stacey for the inspiration! I will frame it for my cubby!

  9. You inspired me this morning! I just posted my own creed on my blog. Such important reminders for us each day.

    1. That’s the true beauty of #SOL! ❤

  10. This is beautiful Fran. Thank you for this and being what you Believe.

    1. Thanks, Julieanne! Your unwavering and generous spirit is always with me!

  11. […] by the amazing Fran McVeigh and her post here (which, in turn, was sparked by the writing of Kendra Limback’s blog here), I crafted my own […]

  12. What Julieanne said – because you walk the walk, my friend.

    1. Thanks, Tara.
      I am sure that any creed that you and/or Julieanne wrote would also be elegant!

  13. Fran, Such a beautiful way to share your beliefs. I am going to share your creed with my colleagues and maybe we can al write our own. We are doing a building wide read-aloud of Wonder which is driving our Choose Kind or Kindness Campaign and our faculty just started our first book study where we are reading Dweck’s Mindset. Your creed speaks to both. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Amy.
      Sometimes studying more makes it harder and sometimes it makes things easier – one never knows!

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