New Years Resolutions or just revisiting dreams –

Slice of Life logoWe are at the end of another calendar year and the time to set your resolutions for the New Year. This task is hard for adults let alone third graders so I was excited to listen to my daughter talk about her plans for the first week back to school in 2015. ( Wow, 2015!)

Yesterday, first day of winter break, we were in her classroom cleaning and sorting her classroom library for the kiddos. There were lots of new books to add to the book bins. We also sorted her mentor text on her teacher shelf. She laid out the word CARE + D on the floor and began sorting books. As I joined her I realized she was setting up her books for her social skills work and read aloud books. She uses “Responsive Classroom” skills and includes lots of read aloud books to help provide discussion and modeling.

Here are her groups –

C = cooperation
A = assertion
R = responsibility
E = empathy

and the D was for Dreams –

She began the year with Hopes and Dreams and was now getting ready to return to that idea as she re-establishes her classroom climate in the new year. Part of that re settling will be to look at Hopes and Dreams again. It is a great way for younger students to think about resolutions. Since resolutions are really about a person making a promise to do an act of self-improvement.

So here is where we start with students –

  • What hope do you have for the rest of this school year?
  • What is one thing you want to improve on?
  • What are your dreams and how can school help you to get there? ( really a good question for older students)

And then there are the books –

Below is a list of books we quickly gathered to share with her students – ( really just a start)

  • Akira to Zoltan- Twenty Six Men who change the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee
  • Amelia to Zora – Twenty Six Woman who Change the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee
  • Ron’s Big Mission by Blue and Naden
  • Tin Forest by Ward
  • I have a Dream with forward by Coretta Scott King
  • Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan and Kadir Nelson
  • Boundless Grace by Hoffman
  • Dreams a Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes by Bosak
  • Tar Beach by Ringgold

This is just a beginning – What books do you read when talking about setting goals, following hopes and dreams or setting New Years Resolutions?

(In January we will look at the books we gathered for the work around CARE – think about it what books are sitting on your shelf that might fit into this sort?)

Now for thinking about my own resolutions or hopes and dreams!

Happy New Year!

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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5 Responses to New Years Resolutions or just revisiting dreams –

  1. Pat says:

    Thank you for sharing, this idea is awesome”

  2. dogtrax says:

    I am using blog posts to inspire poetry this morning, in a bit of line lifting … I hope you don’t mind …

    Resolutions are really about a person making a promise
    to themselves, if not the world,
    a sort of message in the bottle that we toss
    out into the ocean, with waves and storms and
    calm starry nights that guide our stories along,
    just drifting until something — a current, perhaps,
    or maybe a phrase that escapes our tongue —
    sends the bottle back homeward, a reminder
    of reflections on who we were when we first tossed
    our hopes into the water.


  3. Ramona says:

    I love these ideas for the first week, forwarding it to my niece, a 4th grade teacher!
    Have a very Merry Christmas, Joanne!

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