A recent study conducted by the London University’s Institute of Education asked more than 11,000 seven to ten year old kids about their dreams and aspirations. They’ve found out that big career plans in young children hint at greater emotional strength and toughness. They also found ambitious children from both rich and poor homes had fewer behavioral problems than those with lesser dreams. Thus reminding us how important dreaming and aspiring can do into one’s life. In this article, we would like to emphasize the importance of teachers in shaping kids dream. This is definitely a must read if you are a teacher. So read on and take notes.
Teachers are considered as their student’s second parents. They play an important role in shaping children’s characteristic as well as their dreams and aspirations. Teachers should allow them to dream big and guide them towards it. The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, an independent non-profit organization suggested that there are three guiding principles that teachers should follow in order to help kids find their aspirations and dream big. Read the article here:
In addition to those tips, I strongly believe that teachers should encourage responsive classrooms approach to make the students realize their hopes and dreams and even share it to the whole class. Remember to always allow movement in your activities so that it would not be boring and both the mental and physical aspect of the student’s brain is functioning. Here are some of my favorite ways on how you can do it:
Kids love hands-on artsy projects so it’s best to create an artwork that would hold your student’s dreams and aspirations. For example, you can let them write on a piece of paper their “end of the year” goal, their “5 year” goal, their “10 year” goal and their ultimate goal and ambitions. Each student should then read it out loud at the class. And then you can do artworks with this paper. Like make it an origami in a shape of stars, doves, or flowers and then hang it up in your classroom to remind you of your goals throughout the year. You may also frame this paper and make it a dream board that you will attached permanently in your class chair desk. These artworks will not only add colors and vibrancy to any classroom but also inspiration. But most of all, since they read their dreams aloud, you and the other students know what their goals are and thus can help each other reach it.
Turn your classroom walls into an art gallery full of “I am” and “I Have A Dream” poems and drawing posters. The students can have their option whether to write or to draw their dreams. This is a powerful way for students to know each other and making them believe that their wish will somehow come true. The “I am” part will serve as a reflection for them, on what their strengths are and what they can do in order to achieve that dream. The “I Have A Dream” will make them visualize their dreams and by visualizing our dreams we are one step closer to it.
These activities works for me and other class I have seen, but it may not work for you because each class differs. The trick is to find the sweet spot of your students and what they like to do the best. This way they will be more comfortable and they will be dreaming big. Here’s hoping for a future generation full of dreams!