First, let me say, I finally got some office time to catch up and read through your posts/discussions. I agree with Robin McLean, there needs to be a love button like on Facebook! It has been a pleasure to see the conversation organically manifest in our posts.
Second, I got to travel to the Oswegatchie Educational Center in upstate New York for the New York teacher’s conference this week. NAAE hosted an Agriscience Inquiry Institute as part of their professional development program. There is no service or internet there at all. It was so refreshing to be unplugged. And- as I am sure you can all relate- a joy to be with a group of people that share [at least a part] of your vision.
Speaking of vision… that is what we are going to be discussing for the “Show the Way” section of the book.
“At the start of any lesson or unit of study, great teachers show their students what they will know and be able to do upon completion…Like everyone else, these educators make many mistakes- and learn from these mistakes. Their ability to stay focused on definite end goals enables them to take risks and keep going when they encounter obstacles and challenges along the way. They are not shy about sharing where they intend to take others because they believe the goals they have set-once realized- will achieve ultimate excellence for those they serve. You might say they have perfect, 20/20 vision when it comes to what success looks like.”
–Whitaker, Zoul, Casas, pg. 63-64
Now that we have created our mission statements, and we know the way, we need to show the way. We are going to turn our mission into a vision. What is our end goal? What do we want to see happen/manifest in our classroom?
“Moreover, they are so passionate about this vision of a better tomorrow that their vision soon becomes a shared vision, collectively pursued by those in their presence.”
–Whitaker, Zoul, Casas, pg. 64
How can your vision become a shared vision? In your classroom, department, or with your school administrators? How will you share your vision?
For this assignment, please create your vision taking into consideration the questions prompted above. I have attached a PPT to help you work through these questions to create your vision statement. I also recommend watching the short video, “How to Write an Inspiring Vision Statement” from Rapid Start Leadership, and the “Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose” video from Dan Pink. Answering the “Show the Way” discussion post first, may also aid in crafting your vision statement.
If you would rather discuss your vision statement as a response to this post, or turn your vision statement into an infographic or poster for your classroom, go for it! If you want a tangible video to share with others, feel free to complete your assignment that way. Let your creative juices flow!