What strategies do you use that are related to your “moral purpose”? How do these contribute to your overall leadership?
In education, moral purpose is about making a difference in the lives of our students. We demonstrate moral purpose in our classrooms everyday, in all kinds of ways. Whether it’s leading our students through our daily lessons and professional habits, or helping our collaborating with our colleagues.
When I’m asked why I became a teacher, I usually respond with, “because I enjoy being around kids, and I like making a positive difference in the lives of our future generation.” The strategies that I use, or exhibit in my classroom related to moral purpose, are simple. I greet my students with a smile and a warm welcome, or good morning and then I ask how they are doing. I also begin my days by rewarding students with Dojo points for coming to school on time, and turning in their homework. Throughout the school day, I demonstrate moral purpose by teaching and helping my students learn important skills. I introduce new projects, I do it enthusiastically, and I encourage them not to give up. I make my projects fun and engaging for all my students. Because I use Class Dojo, I give my students opportunities to think about what they’re doing, and another chance to change their negative behavior to a positive, to earn their point back.
There are some disadvantages to teaching in your home village. For instance, teaching your relatives. Sometimes, I find myself favoring those I’m related to. “If you don’t treat others well and fairly, you will be a leader without followers,” (Fullan, 13). What a great quote from the reading that I agree with. Even though I’m teaching such a young age group (5 and 6 year olds), I think that if you don’t treat everyone equally and with respect, people will treat you the same way. I have been trying different approaches to treat everyone the same way in my room, and if any of you have advice, I’d like to hear it.
“Every child in every class, in every school, in every city, in every country, deserves the best teacher.” Because of moral purpose, I think that every child, at least once in their lives, will have the best teacher that will impact them.
Fullan, Michael. Leading in a Culture of Change. Somerset, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 20 October 2015. Copyright © 2014. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Leadership true to moral purpose: Schools as social service centres to Improve learning opportunities for all. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2015, from http://www.icsei.net/icsei2011/Full Papers/0181.pdf
Moral Purpose. (2013, March 17). Retrieved October 21, 2015, from http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/7996
The teacher I’m mentoring is having a hard time incorporating Class Dojo throughout the school day. She feels that it takes up instructional time, ex: stopping in the middle of a lesson to add or take away points. We agreed that after her lessons, she would go and input the points using her computer. I’m teaching her how to use Dojo on the ipad because it’s more useful than the computer. I would like to see her using dojo more on the ipad, that way she can take it wherever she goes in the building.
One of the concerns she has is that it interrupts with her behavior system she already has in place in her classroom. We’re working together to make her system, and the Class Dojo system work for the 2nd grade class.
She is a beginner with using technology and I told her anytime she has concerns or questions, not to hesitate to ask me.