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Big Dreams, Big Results

Big Dreams, Big Results

Dreams count. Dreams make a difference. Dreams help us reach for bigger, better results and spark us to believe we can—and will—achieve them. Big dreamers are very often big doers. Not only do students benefit from learning about the big dreams and big results of powerful leaders, they also benefit from understanding how their own dreams help build their confidence and achieve results. Teachers can deliver this lesson through both instruction and example.

Three Strong Quotes for Three January Trending Topics

As part of the PeachQuotes Studio™ series, “Dreams and More” Quotations, we’ve curated three different—and “DREAM-y”—January quotations for today’s blog post. 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.

During January, as part of the ongoing curriculum, many teachers are focusing on three topics: Martin Luther King’s birthday, Black History Month, and the benefits of goal setting for 2016. Below you’ll find a curated quotation worksheet for each of these trending topics.

Dreams are quite powerful. As you plan and move through your lessons in the coming weeks, take a look at and consider infusing one or more of these DREAM-y quotations. See our blog post, How to Use the PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheets, for more information on the strategy behind these worksheets and ideas for your classroom.

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 many 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!

Black History Month PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheet

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. Not only do her words offer encouragement, they resonate in a common-sense manner as this example illustrates.

“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? Use this quotation and worksheet as an example or discussion starter. It’s an effective lesson addition: you’ll make a connection to a strong writing example and you can connect to a lesson on Black History Month, as well as building dreams, setting goals, and sticking to resolutions.

2016 Goal Setting PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheet

Though Winter Break may seem long past, we are less than a dozen days into 2016. For many, the second quarter of the school year is quickly coming to a close. Students scramble to complete (or even find!) missing assignments while teachers read writing journals and other long-term assignments to wrap up a grading period.

If you’re about to begin a new grading period, this can be an excellent time to invite students to set goals for the balance of the school year. 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.

Just like adults, students 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. Prompt kids with questions like, “How far do you think you’ll get on that by the end of third quarter?” or “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. First, most students know the name Disney, so you won’t need to spend time explaining what this author did. Second, 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. Third, this particular belief of his was a simple, albeit enormous, one that will be easy for students 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 a 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 students if they noticed the quotation, what they think it means, and why they think you hung it up around the classroom. Then, use the worksheet provided to pose a question or two to help your students either reflect on past work, set goals for third quarter, or both.

 

For a refresher on how to set your own goals for 2016, re-read our back-to-school blog post about setting goals.

Dream BIG to WIN BIG

As you head into next week, we have one last question in this post. Do you have an educational project that could benefit from a $100 contribution and a FREE Teacher Peach product? Want to DREAM one up? Enter Teacher Peach’s “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative below.

Any educational project—large or small—is eligible if it helps kids learn, teachers teach, or just makes a tricky learning objective more engaging and exciting to learn—and teach! Through January 31st, you may enter 5 different projects from a single email address, by completing a separate application for each project. Winners will be announced starting February 1, 2016.

We hope these three different, yet connected worksheets spark you full of ways to fold them into your lesson plans during January as you help your students focus on the work at hand, setting DREAM-y goals, and honoring Martin Luther King, and Black History Month. Let us know how you use these worksheets and put them into action in your classroom!