Integrity means that you are the same in public as you are in private. – Joyce Meyer
For me integrity is a principle I hold paramount. It is trait I admire and respect in others. In a school setting it means that regardless of who walks through your room, be it a peer, a parent or the principal your behaviour and the way you teach remains the same. It’s acting and following through on promises, and letting your actions speak for you. It is not expecting others to behave or act any differently than you expect of yourself.
It also means that you speak and treat people with respect regardless of their prestige or title. I find it extremely pernicious when people dismiss the ideas or beliefs of others based on their perceived worth or usefulness.
Modelling integrity for our students, expecting that they treat themselves and others with respect and be reliable and trustworthy will support the development of a community of responsible citizens.
“Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you’re going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions.”
— Maria Razumich-Zec