How To Write A Mission Statement
Free Mission Statement Writing Lesson Plan
A Formula for Writing Mission Statements
Have you ever had one of those teaching days where everything clicked? The kids are all on task, engaged, and producing quality work!
It sounds like a fairy tale. Simply too good to be true, right???
Guess what??? Last week, I had one of these amazing classes. And it was incredible. #teacherwin
Step 1: What Are Values?
My 8th graders were diving into our Spiritual Health module, getting ready to write mission statements. I was a bit nervous because it really isn't an easy process. I mean, just think back to the joys of writing your philosophy of education in college.
Because of the complexity of writing mission statements, I tried to scaffold it as much as possible (with the bulk of the foundational knowledge being laid during the previous year's unit on Spiritual Health).
We began by refreshing on the definition of Spiritual Health and the term "values."
Step 2: Personal Questionnaire
Next, up, students thoughtfully and thoroughly filled out a "My Mission Questionnaire" to help define their goals, passions, purpose, and values. This was a pivotal step in the writing process. It helped turn the very abstract idea of a mission statement into something tangible.
Step 3: Drafting a Mission Statement
After going through the exploration process, students took time reflecting on the questionnaire to craft answers to four prompts (each connecting to an element of their mission statement)...
- In life, what I value most is…
My greatest passion in life is…..
- I believe my purpose in life is to…
- My highest goal in life is to …
By this point, if students had been deliberately and thoughtfully going through the brainstorming process, writing their mission statement was easy as pie. All they had to do was grab their Chromebooks and get to work.
Step 4: Finializing the Mission Statement
Tah-dah, I am so proud of my 8th graders! And beyond impressed with the quality of their work. I can't even begin to imagine what's to come if they're able to produce this kind of introspection as teenagers!
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A middle school health teacher turned curriculum developer (and #WAHM). I'm on a mission to share the easiest-to-teach, most impactful health lesson plans on the Internet. Because your time and energy is better spent on teaching and connecting, not on planning and prep.
This is such a good activity for our students to do. It gives them a more concrete way of looking at their lives. Most of the time they get questions like where do you see yourself in 5 years.
I’m so glad you found it valuable. It’s seriously one of my favorite lessons to teach. I’m always so amazed at what the students write.
Have a lovely day,
I am interested in purchasing your skill based level 2 curriculum, but not sure it is exactly what I need. I am teaching 7th grade health and 9th grade health this year. In our district we are to cover body systems in 7th.. Does any of your material cover body systems? Can I view a lesson along with the support material including the teacher power point to decide if the content is what I am looking for. Also can you tell me how each level is different. My Health 7 course additionally includes health dimensions, decision making, goal setting, and life skills. I see that this info is included. I have not taught 7th and am looking for a skilled base approach. It is a nine week class. Is your 2.0 ready yet to view?
Thank you for taking the time to connect. I’d love to answer your questions.
– Yes, you are able to preview the curriculum (link).
– No, I do not have a lesson reviewing the body systems. However, in the final 2.0 update, there will be a skill mini-unit about accessing health information that can be coupled with the topic of body systems.
– Each level is quite different, especially in 2.0. Naturally, there is some overlap in general terms and concepts for the purpose of reinforcing ideas as students work through a health program. Please check out the preview to see how the content varies from year to year.
– The 2.0 updates have only been partially released. Presently, six of the ten modules are available.
I hope that I’ve been able to answer your questions. Please don’t hesitate to connect if you have more wonderings. You can email me directly at [email protected].
Have a lovely day,
I never got the mission statement lesson plan…could you resend?? PLease
If you could send me an email at [email protected], I’ll be able to send the link over.