July 11, 2018

What’s A Principle?

“Principles are natural laws. Gravity is a principle. If you toss an apple into the air, it will come down, regardless of whether you live in (Winnipeg) or New Delhi, or whether you are alive today or in 2,000 B.C.

Just as there are principles that govern the physical world, there are principles that govern human interaction. Honesty, for example is a principle. If you are honest with other people, you will earn their trust. If you are dishonest, you may fool people for some time, but you’ll eventually be found out - always. Other examples of principles are hard work, respect, service, focus, ....” Sean Covey, The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make.



  • Ask your students to answer the following question and write down their answers. “How would you like to be remembered by me and/or your classmates? What would you like us to be able to say about you at the end of this school year?”
  • Pair/Share their written piece on the above question.
  • In the large group, get students to share their principles and jot down their answers on a chart. If some are the same, just add points to the ones that are repeated.
  • Ask students if they think living by those principles will be easy all the time. Then ask them to work in groups of 3-4 and come up with ideas of how we can help each other live by our principles. Share!