Purpose Teaching | Pursuit of Mission
Stressed Out K – 12 Education Series 2.1
Pursuing your mission can mean a lifetime of discovery and ongoing 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 idea of purpose?
Many teachers have given up on their dream in less than three years on the job because they lacked purpose. I am a Marine. I understand mission and the purpose behind carrying it out. Have you ever wondered how long you’ll be in this career?
Are you unhappy because you just can’t seem to grab classroom discipline by the ears? Are you recognizing the journey? Or am I the only one on this page realizing it is an aggressive pursuit of a purpose-based mission that defines what we do? Listen to what Chris Gardner wrote in the movie Pursuit of Happyness, “You got a dream, you got to protect it. You want something go get it. Period.”
The Genius In Us
We must spend more time thinking different about how to produce winning outcomes of our pursuits. For most of us that means thinking differently about creative genius (Elizabeth Gilbert). Our creative genius is not only on the line, but our students depend on us to deliver. As a matter of fact they probably won’t even show up if we haven’t found our creative genius. You know what I mean. Absence is one thing, one of the worst if you ask me, but for a student to be present and mentally somewhere else because the teacher doesn’t have his stuff together is a crime.
Back to the Basics
Before you begin planning for next semester or next year’s objectives, you will need to create clearly defined goals (Dorit Sasson). Need I remind you that if you are not clear about what you want out of yourself, you’ll be opening up the doors to a stressed filled teaching experience from the minute the bell rings. Get ready.
When I sat down to create my teaching goals on that first teaching assignment my heart was hungry for change and my head was budding with ignorance. I was just fortunate enough to have more success than failures. That allowed me to gain some momentum with learning the curriculum and in gaining trust from my students. I really didn’t experience much stress in the beginning.
After building a little success with the lesson plans my confidence to take on behavioral issues had leverage. And throughout my career that case worked both ways. Being able to have behavioral management success leveraged lesson-planning success. And how many of us know that both of these contribute to a less stressed life outside the classroom? The bottom line is productivity. Reducing stress with effective systems affects the bottom line. Productivity is real basic. You have to create measurable goals.
Regardless to what we set goals for, whether personal or professional, following a universal system and mastering it makes life more beautiful all around. Here are 5 Key Steps to Achieving Your Goals, the very steps I’ve been using from the beginning.
1. Decide on most important goals
2. Snap your intentions to a timeline
3. Don’t be distracted | Stay focused
4. Get down to business | Make it happen
5. Complete projects, reflect, and adjust (before moving onto the next clearly defined goal)
If you can find the time take 20 minutes and review the TED video and blog links above and come back tomorrow prepared to go deeper into what goal-setting is about before we investigate why mission statements are important?
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.
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