In my SPED class this morning, our teacher facilitated an exercise that derives our mission statement but I wasn’t able to get to know who the original author was.
It started with puzzle piece number one. There were eight (8) slides each with about 20 verbs. We’re supposed to pick three verbs each slide, verbs that excites us the most. I picked the following verbs:
From these verbs, we were asked to pick our top three. These three meaningful, purposeful, and exciting verbs would complete our puzzle piece number 1. I picked love, believe, and worship.
Puzzle piece number two was our core value or principle. What will get us out of bed in a lazy morning? Is it justice? Faith? Human rights? I picked out faith in Jesus Christ.
For puzzle piece number three, we were to choose the object of our verbs. What cause are we doing these verbs? What cause or group do we want to help? We were again given a number of causes or groups to choose from. My initial list includes:
From these causes or groups, we were supposed to pick only one, but eventually, we bargained three. I eventually picked four, actually, but merged two: 1. education, 2. children and youth, 3. human development.
After the puzzle pieces were completed, we were asked to fill in the blanks:
My mission is to ____(verbs)_____, _______, _______ _____(#2)_________ to/for/with ___(#3)____.
Completing the sentence, I rearranged some words to arrive at a logical mission statement:
My mission is to love, believe, and worship Jesus Christ through education and human development, specifically of the children and youth of the Philippines.
I am amazed at how smoothly deriving our mission statement was. I couldn’t give my feedback after the exercise because i was completely speechless. Every time I go to this class of mine, a new energy is transferred from our teacher, a new hope blossomed. She said that her mission is teaching the college students because these students always have fresh ideas. Her mission is to inspire the next generation that will take over the facilitation of this world. She inspires, through her words and her actions.