G.E. Tenets and Key Ideas on Creeds

Creed : a common language that expresses common values/beliefs and a common purpose or vision

Synonyms: belief , mission statement, credo

Tenets:

Building Self-Esteem - Harris Clemes, Reynold Bean ,  and Aminah Clark

Learner’s self-esteem is closely linked to their internal motivation to embrace all that is asked of them in life and in the learning environment. It greatly affects their courage to try new things or express their own ideas. A healthy self-esteem is a positive factor in drop-out prevention and is at the crux of student’s sound choices about their safety and health.

- Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, minister, author

“Have faith in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy."

Climate of Mutual Respect - Rensis Likert 

Learners are empowered to take risks necessary for growth when they are in a learning environment where mutual respect is evident. In the ideal situation, learners are valued, their ideas are considered, and their mistakes are seen as opportunities for correction and reflection. Additionally, there is courteous regard for one another, and time is structured to allow all learners to process and produce ideas and opinions.

“Just asking a team to be creative won’t get you to be innovative. It’s having a corporate climate that give people space to experiment and take risks.”

 - Steve Brown , author, radio announcer, seminary professor

High Expectations - Robert Rosenthal   and Lenore Jacobson

Educators - who hold high expectations for their learners, communicate those expectations clearly, and encourage learners in their charge to work hard in order to rise to the level of those expectations – can make a difference in students’ success. High expectations move learners forward, even if those learners don’t achieve total mastery. Educators also have a role in helping their 21st century learners set significant aspirations for themselves in a media-rich, global network of unlimited possibilities.

“We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness."

- Maxwell Maltz, American cosmetic surgeon, author of Psycho-Cybernetics

 

Key Ideas:

A creed…

  • Builds a common language within a group
  • Instills a sense of pride and honor
  • Sets a standard for attitudes, behaviors and goals
  • Offers members an opportunity to contribute ideas

A creed contains:

  • Identification of the group/person
  • What they believe
  • *Statement of goal(s) and desired achievement
  • *Plan of action