I recently published a post about the role of students as producers of educated work (as opposed to receivers of an education) which has been well received. Some feedback I have received has been for some guidance on how to help students begin thinking of themselves in terms of being "Student CEOs." One way you can engage with your students is to ask about their mission.
Student CEOs think about learning as their business. Every business needs a mission - a reason to exist. Missions consist of two basic parts.
1. A purpose statement
2. An action statement
The purpose statement answers the question, "What is your purpose?" The answer should be short; one sentence is ideal. For example:
"(Fill in the name of the student), inc. produces high quality, growth oriented educated work."
The action statement answers the question, "What do I do to accomplish this purpose?" As with the purpose statement, the action statement should be short.
"(Fill in the name of the student), inc. engages in class discussions, turns in work on time, incorporates feedback into future assignments, and seeks to help others become better students."
Now, when the two statements are combined, they make up a mission statement.
"(Fill in the name of the student), inc. produces high quality, growth oriented educated work by engaging in class discussions, turning in work on time, incorporating feedback into future assignments, and seeking to help others become better students."
Mission is only one foundation of the student CEO mindset. You can also open a conversation up about the student's vision of success, beliefs about education, and philosophy of education.
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These are the topics of my book, Foundations: Examining Vision, Beliefs, Mission, and Philosophy (only $0.99 US for Kindle).