BFTP: Why are we teaching the stuff we’re teaching?

Occasionally I’ll post here an oldie-but-hopefully-goodie from my blog. Today’s share is Why are we teaching the stuff we’re teaching? Happy reading!


Personal Mission Statements

After reflecting on mission and vision statements on various successful and non-successful organizations, I began to ruminate on what kind of leader I am and where I find myself in the future. These thoughts led me to think about about the importance of having my own personal mission statement.

Having a personal mission statement could help guide us in so many ways, not only as leaders in the world of education. Our personal mission statements could pave the way for how we hold friendships, raise our families, plan our futures, reflect on our past, the possibilities are limitless.

We are all unique and have different beliefs. By developing our own mission statement,  we will then have a foundation and purpose to guide our decisions for our futures.

Consider writing one of our own, you may discover your true self.

Here are a few resources that I found to be helpful:

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Own Personal Mission Statement

Brand Yourself With Your Personal Mission Statement

Don’t Find a Job, Find Your Mission: Celeste Headlee


School vision and mission statements and moonshot thinking

The Moonshot Thinking video that we watched for class is all about casting away fears and doubts and focusing on possibility. In other words, it’s about getting away from the ‘yes buts’ and instead asking ‘why not?’ and ‘how can we?’ When we do that, we can accomplish great things.

Do our school vision and mission statements reflect this sense of possibility? In her blog post yesterday, May asked how we get beyond the buzzwords and educational jargon when we create these statements. I’m curious how we also make these statements drivers of possibility that energize school communities to move forward in needed directions. Thoughts?

Words To Use or Not to Use?

Last night sparked some great conversation around a school’s mission & vision statement and their relevance to moving the work forward. I personally loved hearing Kristina MacBury talk about beginning each year with revisiting the mission & vision to see if they still align with the beliefs and values of the school. It led me to wonder though, how do we create mission and vision statements that are meaningful, worthy of the day-to-day work, without OVER-utilizing the current buzzwords in education? Perhaps, is it okay that words such as “life-long learner”, “21st century learners”, …etc are alive in many of our mission and vision statements? Might it be a balancing act? Jeffco11, I’d love to hear your thoughts!