Purpose Teaching | The Call to Action
Stressed Out K – 12 Education Series 2.0
Discovering your mission can mean a lifetime of discovery and development. Would you agree? What smacks me upside the head is that if our purpose in life is important enough to require years of refinement, why then don’t we spend more time studying the reasons why we do what we do? Am I the only one with this question banging around in my head?
Over the past few days I shared tips on how making accurate observations can be the start of turning you into a power teacher. If you have ever wanted more from your performance or looked for solutions to your classroom management problems, consider the idea of creating a genius mission statement that defines and measures success.
In this next set of ideas I’ll explore how creating a clear purpose in your life as a person transcends to the classroom. I intend to share real life applications of how it has worked for me. My hope is that you help me turn this into a real conversation by commenting to the blog here or at any of my Youtube videos that are linked to Asphalt Check: The Problem Solving Blog for New Teacher (see creating).
The Call to Action
If you are pulling your hair out as a new teacher looking for ways to regain control of your classroom start thinking of how you would want your program to run if everything was perfect. Like you haven’t already, right?
Discover your mission, write it down, and walk it out. . .
What I will attempt to do in this strand will be to light up the idea of designing a classroom environment that shines with possibility.
Here’s what you do.
• Dust off that Philosophy Statement (and anything else you have) from those 400/500 Level COE intern courses.
Make me real happy by turning around in your seat and pulling off the bulletin board behind you and edit where necessary to fit into the real world of teaching you know now. If you can’t find it, cool. Let’s start over.
• Listen to the voice of change. Make adjustments in how you define your purpose so that you’re less self-serving and more giving of yourself.
Chances are you have done your homework and genuinely put some time into understanding yourself and how you can best serve your students and their families. You do understand that you are serving an entire family when you serve a student, don’t you? Ok, we’ll pick that conversation up later.
But for now I want to show you some love for making it this far. If no one has told you lately, “I appreciate you devoting your career to serving my child. I’m here to let you know I appreciate you and all that you do to make a difference in my child’s life. I love you for that and there’s nothing that you can do about it.”
• Go to this link and download my personal classroom mission statement. I hope it kick-starts new ideas about who you are and where you can lead your students. Tomorrow I’ll break down how this all works in the real classroom.
This is a new series called Stressed Out K – 12 Education. Over the next several weeks we will explore classroom issues surrounding special needs, at-risk behaviors, student – teacher and teacher – parent relationships, and much more as it relates to reducing stress created from educational systems, narrow minded thinking of difficult colleagues, and the headaches of some one else’s undisciplined kids.
Copyright © 2009 | LaRon A. Carter “The Guest Teacher”
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