“…Moral purpose cannot just be stated, it must be accompanied by strategies for realizing it, and those strategies are the leadership actions that energize people to pursue a desired goal.” (Fullan, 2002, pg. 19)
Before I can answer this question I need to explain my moral purpose. My “moral purpose” it to teach students how to use the resources around them to become productive members in society. Ever since I have become a teacher I have always strived for this. I have always felt that if we could supply students with the knowledge to use the resources around them, trained them how to best utilize their surroundings, they would be successful in life. You want them to become productive model citizens who vote, make good choices and lead happy, healthy lives. By teaching them to look around and see what it is that will help them along the path towards their goals we are giving them an edge. So many people say that someone is cheating or that they are taking a short cut, I disagree. As adults we find any way to help our current situation continue or get better. We use our resources to acheive this. If a student doesn’t have the exposure or means to figure out how to do that they may feel that the people around them are being given their accomplishments. That is why I feel that this purpose is so important, for students to be constantly reminded to use their resources and attempt to solve the problem.
“Digital native” is a term we hear a lot today. “They are characterized as preferring teamwork, experiential activities, and the use of technology.” (Kvavik, 2015) So many kids are fully submerged into technology it would be a disservice to not expose them all to it. As teachers we may struggle to keep up, but it is great to see that there are so many who are trying. In the classroom, that is one way that I strive to support my moral purpose by exposing my students to technology. This mentoring project is a great example. I am sharing my knowledge with a couple of other teachers in the building and they are really getting excited about it. I find myself wanting to do more research and find more apps that will help them out in the future. I want to continue this venture throughout the rest of the school year. Maybe even share some of it with the other teachers in the building at a staff meeting. It has empowered me as an educator but not just with my students, with my coworkers as well.
There are so many sources out there that share my moral purpose. College Parent Central is one of those sites. It gives information on ways to help your new college student by giving them resources they should have when attending a college or university. (2015) There are even online videos that will help teach students proper “netiquette,” which is online etiquette that all students should know so they keep themselves safe when online. (MSMC Online Learning, 2013) There is an unlimited amount of resources out there as long as you know how to begin to look.
College Parent Central. (2015). Eight Campus Resources Your College Student Should Know About. Retrieved from http://www.collegeparentcentral.com/2012/05/eight-campus-resources-your-college-student-should-know/
Fullan, M. (2002, September). The Pressing Goal is to Infuse Spiritual Force Into All Educators. The School Administrator Web Edition. Retrieved fromhttp://www.unrwa.org/userfiles/file/leading_4_the_future/module1/Moral%20purpose%20writ%20large%20Fullan.pdf
Fullan, M. (2014, February). Leading in a Culture of Change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Kvavik, R., B. (2015). Convenience, Communications, and Control: How Students Use Technology. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/books/educating-net-generation/convenience-communications-and-control-how-students-use-technology
MSMC Online Learning. (2013, June 3). Student Resources: A Guide to Netiquette in Online Learning. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSnH5nQNAeY