Big Dreams Bring Bigger Realities

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“I have a dream.”

“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas.”

“Dream a little dream with me.”

“Dream on.”

“In your dreams.”

“Follow your dreams.”

As all of these familiar sayings underscore, we think about what we strive for—a lot. We “dream” so much in fact, that beyond the powerful and enduring impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s riveting “I have a dream.” belief, many of the above phrases have worked their way into overly familiar clichés. Yet, the mere possibility that they have become clichés also underscores relevance of dreams in our society; a cliché tends to mean the message or meaning matters enough that SO many people use it that it soon falls into the overused, cliché category. If we were studying market demographics, this would seem a good thing. Because we are working to help raise confident kids, IT IS A GREAT THING.

For kids, for teachers, and for every single one of us, having big dreams can make a big difference in what we strive for and ultimately accomplish. Dreams do count and are effective tools to help us believe enough in our own abilities to accomplish even more. Dreams help us reach for bigger, better results and spark us to believe we can—and will—achieve them.

Often, big doers start off as big dreamers. Not only do kids benefit from learning about the big dreams and big results of powerful leaders, we all benefit from understanding how our own dreams help build up and raise our confidence to help us achieve bigger results. Teachers, who have the opportunity to impact many kids at one time, have the chance to can deliver this message lesson through both instruction and example.

Three DREAM-Y Quotes to Share

At this time of year our PeachQuotes Studio™ gets many requests to share our series of “Dreams and More” Quotations. So, here they are, for today we’ve curated three different—and “DREAM-y” quotations that fit well with January objectives. These quotations are primed and ready to incorporate into your lessons as you wrap up this quarter and launch into third quarter of the school year. The colorful downloads, like the one at the end of this post, also make inspiring and motivating reminders as screen savers, door décor, and more.

As part of the ongoing curriculum, for many teachers, January lesson plans tend to use the following three topics as a content base for instruction across many subject areas: Black History Month, Martin Luther King’s birthday, and goal setting for the new calendar year. To help make it easy to incorporate inspiring dream-building messages into your plans for the month, below you’ll find a curated quotation worksheet for each of these trending topics.

As we all know from personal experience, in both directions, dreams are quite powerful. Big dreams can bring bigger realities. Fear of dreaming big can, on the other hand, significantly limit actual results. As you plan and move through your classroom agendas in the coming weeks, take a look at and consider infusing one or more of these DREAM-y quotation worksheets. Teachers tell us that these quote worksheets are ideal ways to start off the day, for morning meetings, advisories, and early finishers throughout the school day.

Black History Month PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheet

Not only do Oprah Winfrey’s words offer encouragement, they resonate in a common-sense manner as this example illustrates. Oprah Winfrey inspires and motivates people in many walks of life. Many say it is because she possesses an ability to reach and relate to a universal audience. Oprah dreams BIG and achieves BIG!

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

—Oprah Winfrey

In this quotation, Oprah distilled a complex idea into a simple and understandable turn of phrase. Isn’t that exactly what teachers strive for when teaching students to capture the main idea, determine cause and effect, or dig into the text for evidence to support a point of view? Try this quotation worksheet as an example or discussion starter. It’s an effective lesson addition: you’ll make a connection to a strong writing example, can connect to a lesson on Black History Month, building dreams, setting goals, and sticking to resolutions all along the way.

Martin Luther King’s Birthday PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheet

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had a dream. On August 28, 1963, Dr. King spoke these powerful words:

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

We selected this familiar quotation because many teachers tell us they use this quotation in a whole host of different ways during January—and beyond. The worksheet layout is designed encourage students to go back into the text and deconstruct the quotation. Just write a quick direction and include a few of your own writing prompts—and go!

Goal Setting PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheet

Though Winter Break may seem long past, we are just past a dozen days of 2017. For many, the second quarter of the school year is quickly coming to a close. Students scramble to complete (or even find!) those missing assignments to close out the quarter while teachers read writing journals and other long-term assignments to wrap up the grading period.

This transition time can present an excellent opportunity to invite kids to set goals for the balance of the school year, especially if you’re about to begin a new grading period. Reflecting on the first half of the year and setting goals for the second half can be a powerful activity to help your students make even greater progress—and recognize with confidence the progress they’ve made so far.

Kids (and adults!) often confuse a set of goals with a to-do list. It can help students to begin with their dreams and break down those big ideas into measurable goals for the balance of the school year.

It’s helpful to prompt kids with questions like,

  • “How far do you think you’ll get on that by the end of third quarter?”
  • “Are you sure you can’t push it just a little bit farther? What about adding just one more chapter?”
  • “What specific things will you need to do to get closer to your goal (of an A, of finishing your homework on time, or of not forgetting things for class)?”

We selected this quote about dreams by Walt Disney for the third PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheet in this blog post for three reasons.

  1. Most kids know the name Disney, so you won’t need to spend time explaining what this author did.
  2. Walt Disney set many goals and had many big dreams, examples of which are likely evident to your students from sweatshirts, TV shows, and top songs.
  3. This particular belief of his was a simple, albeit enormous, one that will be easy for kids to commit to memory and draw on always.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

—Walt Disney

In addition to the PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheet for this quotation, we are also sharing this colorful freebie poster for your classroom or for you to post with assignments.

Why not print out the color poster a few times and post one on the door, another by the sink, and a third near the technology cart? After a few days, ask your kids if they noticed the quotation, what they think it means, and why they think you hung it up around the classroom. Then, you might opt to use the worksheet to pose a question or two to help your students either reflect on past work, set goals for third quarter, or both. Getting practice is more important than the question itself for many kids.

Let us know below how you achieve your big dreams and how you infuse dreams into your curriculum. Check us out at teacherpeach.com to learn more about our product and take a look at Teacher Peach’s “Dream Big Pencil” on Amazon, too! It’s a BIG pencil to underscore BIG dreams. Send a message that you want your kids to dream their biggest dreams!

 

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