“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
“Dream big” is a recurring theme on our campus. It’s always resonated with me. I was seven years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. With that first step, a universal dream became a reality. My big dream was far from the celestial stars. I dreamed of being an artist, an actor or a singer. As a teacher, I’m all of those. I have achieved my big dream.
Working with children to help them find and realize their big dreams is what drew me to education. I treasure finding the first spark of a student’s dream. I watch them and listen to them as they maneuver through their day. When I find their strength, I encourage them to focus on it, treasure it. My hope is to fuel the student’s drive and determination towards their dream. I try to work with my students to transform challenges to successes. This is how dreams begin. Regardless of a child’s gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status, I’m determined to foster any dream, big or small. “Shoot for the moon,” Norman Vincent Peale said. “Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
How can you help your students to dream big? How can you encourage them to take chances with difficult tasks? How can you demonstrate the joy of seeing a project through to completion? Tell your students about your big dreams and how you’ve achieved them. You can make a difference, one dream at a time.
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