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A personal mission statement describes and summarizes an educator’s beliefs, goals and accomplishments in the classroom; and it is a practical way for teachers to revise their general purpose or focus every few years. A well-constructed mission statement should be clear, concise and seriously considered, as it will set the tone for the coming school year. Even though there is no particular format for the statement, it helps to have a few guidelines to start.
Determine what you want your mission statement to convey, and consider what you want to achieve or contribute as an educator. What do you you want to give your students? A safe and fun-filled environment that promotes learning, self-discipline and motivation? Write down all ideas that come to mind.
Analyze and prioritize your ideas. Ask yourself: “What can I promise to give to my students and my school?” Your answer to this question will be your mission statement.
Write your statement. Keep it simple and concise — ideally three to five sentences. You can use a starter, such as: “As an educator, it is my responsibility...” and then explain your objective, or you can state your objective directly.
Keep the tone positive and avoid using negative statements. Focus on what you want to accomplish as opposed to what you don't. Turn negative examples into positive ones.
Write what you really feel to make your mission statement more personal. It ultimately reflects upon you and your commitment to teaching and education.
Keep your mission statement three- to five-sentences long at most.
Hailing out of Pittsburgh, Pa., David Stewart has been writing articles since 2004, specializing in consumer-oriented pieces. He holds an associate degree in specialized technology from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.