Confident Teaching | Defining Your Mission
Stressed Out K – 12 Education Series 3.1
Spell Out Your Mission
After setting the stage for high expectations in your classroom help others understand your leadership by defining exactly how your mission looks, sounds, and feels. No need to be overwhelmed with having it all together at one time. As a matter of fact take a couple of days. No way. I’m just kidding its going to take a lot more time, perhaps weeks or months of revisions. Do your homework and study how Good to Great companies have designed their mission statements.
Clear Vision is Key
The clearer you are with your mission to provide and serve the clearer your community of learners will be able to identify how their investments will pay off. And that’s exactly what you want, for them to invest into your cause. Hopefully, you’ve done your part to unselfishly and specifically identify their best academic interests based on state board curriculum objectives, culture, and family needs.
Approach and Follow Through
They may not understand how it all works, but they will buy into what you’re aiming for if you help them take the hood off. Ken Blanchard describes it as your people approaching the bowling lane with a blinder on, ball in hand, hearing all the pins crash around him, but not knowing what happened after rolling the ball. If you want your students to become better problem solvers for themselves they’re going to need clear leadership from you. Teach students to approach problems according to your mission and to follow through with fundamental basics. Keep it simple, but clear.
Smack Down Basics
When designing a mission statement that sets the stage for rock star performances include what I call smack down basics. Smack downs address the core issues that prevent you from teaching and your students from learning in a physically, spiritually, and emotionally safe environment. What is your classroom’s thermostat setting? How should your student’s feel about school? How do your students, parents, and community leaders co-exist? What about your discipline systems? Are they clearly defined in your statement? Is your vision for the future revealed in plain English? Now get to work, you can do this.
As always please comment and share. What do your old mission philosophies have to say to your new realities? Are there some classroom or school mission statement concepts that have worked for you in your teaching environment that you are willing to share?
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 from someone else’s undisciplined kids.
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