One of the new additions to the TeacherReady curriculum is an activity that has teacher candidates preparing for the first days of school by creating a classroom mission statement. The activity includes sample classroom mission statements from one of our partner school districts, and provides an opportunity for dialogue about the purpose and benefits of crafting a classroom mission.
Interested in creating a classroom mission statement with your students? Consider starting the discussion with sticky notes and a bulletin or white board. Consider asking your students to share with their individual sticky notes what it takes for them to be successful; then, consider flipping that question and ask them what they will do to create a successful classroom environment.
Once each student has had the opportunity to share with a sticky note, begin as a whole class to synthesize the comments, and share in a full and frank discussion to create a mission statement together. Be creative in penning the text on poster paper. Utilize a large area on your classroom wall to display the mission statement so that you (and your kids) can refer to it throughout the year.
The first days of school have arrived for many of us… and our students! We invite you to share your “Back to School” smiles and stories on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/teacherreadyprogram.
Know someone who would be a great teacher? For more information about earning a professional teaching certificate or license, contact TeacherReady at 850-898-3949 or visit or connect with current teacher candidates and alumni on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teacherreadyprogram.
Become a teacher with the assistance of TeacherReady. TeacherReady offers individuals an opportunity to earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida; it was developed by teachers for teachers and is a member of the NCATE/CAEP accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida.