Practice Thirteen


Practice 13 : A school, class, or personal creed is recited or reflected upon daily to reaffirm commitment to excellence.

 Implementation Basics | Practice Implementation Evaluation and Goal Setting | Life Principles, Expectations, and Quotes | Hand Sign for Practice | Practice Connections | Characteristics of Implementation with Online Resources | Research | Literature | Poetry | Vocabulary | Music & Video Links | General Resource Websites | Learning Strategies 

Go put your creed into your deed.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson





"External actions are evidence of internal beliefs. Our deeds are what show our creeds.”

-- Tim Hiller



(printable posters)

Implementation Basics


Practice Implementation Evaluation and Goal Setting

Practice 13 Example of Teacher Goal Setting with the following goal:

“My goal is to have my students write a class creed to use as a goal for personal

and class behavior and academic expectations and as part of the standard for

resolution of any problems.”

The following documents explain the process that may be used to set goals and work through planning the implementation of Practice 13 .

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containing lesson plans, tools for learners, etc.


Life Principles, Expectations, and Quotes




Hand Signs for Practice


Click links to see brief video clips of hand sign.






Practice Connections

Practice 13 Connections - list of other 17 Practices that are connected to Practice # 13


Implementation Characteristics with Online Resources


- Includes links to online resources to assist in implementation under each characteristic.

1. Involve all learners in developing a creed for their learning community and model it to inspire, motivate, and challenge them.

Implementation Resources:

2. Use the creed, Eight Expectations for Living and Life Principles to set clear expectations, offer challenges, and to affirm and redirect attitudes and behaviors.



Implementation Resources:

  • Suggested Uses of Creeds - 6 Practical Application Suggestions for the use of creeds
  • Creating Positive Dialogue by Redirecting with Quotes - Includes links to all quote resources and strategies for the use, including a variety of practical examples and printable quote posters
  • Redirecting Behavior by Offering a Positive Challenge: A Classroom Example - an example of how to redirect behavior in a positive manner
  • Reinforce the use of a creed with:
  • Eight Expectations for Living - links to digital online materials + poster
  • Eight Expectations for Living : Resources include printable posters of the Eight Expectations, a printable quote, and sections for literature, vocabulary, music and videos, an introductory activity, a cooperative structure, sign language, self-reflection, celebrations, and a brain break. Each allows for selection of appropriate grade level material: Elementary, Middle, and High School.
  • Life Principles: Include literature lessons, quotes, poetry, strategies, and other resources
  • Life Principles - List of 36 life principles with definitions
  • Step by Step Forms for Goal Setting - Forms that may be used for learners or classes to set academic and character goals to carry out their creed.
  • Use the creed as a guide to making better choices
    • C.R.O.S.S. ROADS ™ Decision-making Process - This is a basic explanation of the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS decision-making process that may be used for goal setting, problem-solving, conflict resolution. One of the recommended steps is: “Select phrase/s from any or all of the Creed/Expectations/Life Principle, or other documents that might be pertinent to the situation.”
    • Example dialogues: School Dialogue Scripts using the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS process - two scripts of actual situations that model the verbal use of the five steps. Once learned the process is most often a simple quick conversation as shown in the examples. The students know they are going to work through the situation and come up with the solutions.
  • Discipline Strategy: Use when resolving conflict situations:
    • Have the parties involved apply the creed to the choices made in the situation
      • Hint: If the inquiry is made as a statement instead of a question and kept neutral with no ‘you’s’, there is less chance of the parties becoming defensive.Example:“Share with me what part of the creed was not being lived out in the choice/s that were made.”**Note: Encourage application to Eight Expectations for Living as well as the Life Principles.
  • Discipline task cards Set 1 - Includes:
    • Preventive Discipline Acronym - created by Dr. Kent Lashley to remember ideas for preventive discipline.
    • C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Decision-making Explanation
    • C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Process - a five step choice process that may be used for general decision-making, goal setting, conflict resolution, and problem-solving
    • Choice Creed - Multiple ‘I’ statements affirming a commitment to making wise choices
  • Discipline task cards Set 2 - Includes:
    • Teacher Creed - ‘I’ statements affirming being a teacher
    • Choice Rap - a rap giving 10 choice options for resolving conflict
    • Eight Expectations for Living
    • Five Finger C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Choice Poem - an easy poem using the hand to remember the five steps in making choices
  • Praise vs. Encouragement - Learn the important differences and the power of encouragement over praise.
  • Self-reflection Strategies - includes reflection writing stems, poster, a One-Minute Feedback strategy, etc. - All Age Levels
  • Building a Culture of Respect, Trust, and Success - research and supporting strategies
  • Strategies for Respect - Multiple strategies for creating a positive classroom environment
  • Celebration - Fun quick celebrations for effort
  • Celebration Cards Set One (1-24) - Digital Download
  • Celebration Cards Set Two (24-48) - Digital download

3. Display creeds and have learners memorize and recite daily applying it where appropriate to content and conduct affirming a commitment to excellence. Implementation Resources:









  • Integrity Resources - Websites and Other Materials - includes books, songs, videos
  • Classic Literature Resources - Anthology of resources for myths, fables, folk tales, and other classic literature (some interactive) - use to introduce or substantiate the use of a creed.









Word Wall Vocabulary:

Creed Credo doctrine dogma

gospel ideology philosophy testament













“ Word ‘Creed’ in Action”

In pairs create a list of words that describe the word ‘CREED’ looks like and sounds like.

Join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result will be a list to be posted in the room for use and reflection.



Music & Video Links


General Resource Websites:

  • National Science Digital Library - The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Educators may search for level PK - 12+ for FREE digital resources. Compatible for making assignments directly to Google Classroom.
  • Encourage the use of engaging learners in asking questions to explore curriculum and analyze social situations:
    • What is QFT? - Explanation of the steps and videos demonstrating its use in the classroom.
    • Experiencing the Question Formulation Technique - An explanation and step-by-step instructions for the process
    • Also see Right Questions - Educational Leadership - An Explanation of the process
    • Teaching Channel has published a blog series that showcases teachers across the United States who use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). The blog series features educators from the lower-elementary grades through community college. It includes insights from science, history, English, library, and math teachers showing how the effectiveness of the QFT in the classroom is lived out in these educational settings.
  • Tools to Create Online Student Portfolios - Online resource giving options for creating student portfolios



Learning Strategies