Teach & Serve No. 36 – Do I Engage the Mission Every Day?

Teach & Serve 

No. 36 * April 20, 2016


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Do I Engage the Mission Every Day?

Knowing the mission isn’t enough. This is where Mission Statements often let us down. A bunch of carefully chosen words printed next to the crest or logos of our schools isn’t that exciting. Mission Statements don’t often motivate. Missions do.

All of our schools have missions. Most of them have mission statements. Often, these two items are not the same thing. Equally often, the overlap between them – the Venn Diagram as it were – is not substantial. Hopefully, though, if pressed to answer the question “what is the mission of your school?” you could do so in a direct and clear manner. And, equally hopefully, when you do so you are filled with a certain sense of pride, a sense of agreement, a sense of purpose.

There are teachers, administrators and educational professionals all over the world. Some of them know exactly why they do what they do. I would argue that the good ones – the best ones – knows precisely why they do what they do.

missionI am not talking about the critical topics of teaching techniques and management skills. Being highly proficient in technique and skill means educational professionals are good at their jobs. They can play the notes, as it were, of being teachers and administrators.

But, unless they know why they do what they do, they aren’t really making any music.

Schools that articulate engaging missions that speak to and inform what they are about tend to be schools that know where they are headed and know how they want to get there. Schools that involve their staffs in engaging missions and invite their staffs to shape and grow that mission tend to be schools that are energized and dynamic.

Knowing the mission isn’t enough. This is where Mission Statements often let us down. A bunch of carefully chosen words printed next to the crest or logos of our schools isn’t that exciting. Mission Statements don’t often motivate. Missions do.

As educational professionals, do we engage our mission every day? Do we understand our work as flowing out of that mission? Do we embrace that mission?  Do we share it with our colleagues and our students?

Are our actions, every day, informed by our mission?

Frankly, they should be.

If they are not, it’s time to ask our schools to refocus on mission. Otherwise, why are you doing what you do?

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