Jun 9, 2010

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5 Simple Steps to Write a Professional Mission Statement

We’ve seen it time and time again – companies, schools and districts spend hours writing a detailed and “perfect” mission statement for their organization, just to find it gather dust in a file folder. What is the point of a mission if it’s not being followed?

Leaders need a mission. Teacher are leaders. It would only make sense for teachers to have a mission for their work. A mission is like a philosophy, but a mission is very short, under 30 words. This makes it easy to remember and uphold. Teachers as leaders in their classroom need continued motivation and rejuvenation to meet the demands of the profession. A professional mission can ground you, motivate you and help you remember why you entered the profession.

I shared my own mission of teaching in this post earlier this week. Ā Here are 5 simple steps to help you narrow down your core values and write a mission statement of your own.

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For example, in my own mission statement below, I have bolded my verbs and interaction words to show you how I used them in sentences. I realize my mission is a little long, yes I cheated at my own rules, but the point here is to keep it short and sweet.

As an art educator I will conduct myself with a positive attitude as a motivated leader in my field. I will recognize the whole child in each of my students and motivate them to explore the world through art. My perfect world is a place where each individual uses the gifts God gave them in a positive way.

Using these 5 simple steps, take a few moments to write your own mission of teaching. Please share your mission with me! I would love to see what inspires you in your life and profession.

 

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  • Elaine Schwab

    Nice layout and the pictures are great from actual students. You inspire me!

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  • Laurence

    The mission statement guide was a good help.

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  • bringing the light

    wow, great steps, because like you posted I would’ve been here all day frying my brain for a mission statement that is so simple. Thanks you’re awesome!

  • Poppins

    Led to your blog by a book, Ditch That Textbook, by Matt Miller. Both have rescued the remainder of this school year for me …and ultimately my students. Here’s what I’ve written on this snowy morning:
    As an educator and artist, I will work diligently to maintain a creative space in which to challenge students’ beliefs. I will reflect daily on my plans to encourage their risks and communicate high expectations for the very best from them and for them. Each interaction will be rooted in the pursuit and celebration of a question.

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