An essential role in my work as a school librarian includes connecting my teachers and students to the “larger community” (International Society for Technology in Education, 2011). I take this responsibility very seriously and even address it in my personal mission statement: “It is my personal mission to […] unearth ways to mirror what is happening in the classroom with the outside world” (Todd, 2014). I explored this idea further when creating my personal and professional guiding principles. The development of my guiding principles was driven by thinking about the following questions:
- “What are you passionate about when it comes to digital education?
- How will you get others excited about this passion?
- How does your passion help you accomplish your mission statement?” (Wicks & Paulus, 2014).
After reflecting on my mission statement and the opportunities I hoped to create for my students, I wrote the following guiding principle:
Create opportunities for project-based learning experiences that incorporate
connections that flatten the walls of the classroom.
Some of the work I’ve done with students to fulfill this goal include: organizing Mystery Skype sessions, facilitating a digital badge learning course, connecting students to outside professionals, and coordinating Author Skype discussions.
International Society for Technology in Education. (2011). ISTE standards: coaches. Retrieved June 29, 2011, from http://www.iste.org/standards/ISTE-standards/standards-for-coaches
Todd, B. (2014, November 8). The beginnings of a living, breathing mission statement [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://beckytoddlibrarian.org/the-beginnings-of-a-living-breathing-mission-statement/
Wicks, D., & Paulus, M. (2014) .Digital Learning Mission Statement [Handout]. Department of Education, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.