So this year for hopes and dreams I decided that we would not display our dreams for all to read. I asked students to write down their hopes and dreams on a piece of origami paper. Their hopes and dreams did not have to be school related and I told the class that I would not read theirs if they didn't want me to. Only one student asked me not to read his. The others were all very different, some comical and some tearful. Once we were done writing our hopes and dreams we folded the paper to look like a bird. One of my coworkers bought a birdcage for us to display our hopes and dreams in. I haven't taken a picture yet, but when I do I'll post it. I'm looking forward to having parents add their hopes and dream birds to ours. I wonder what theirs will say...
Sample of hopes and dreams by my students:
I hope to become a lawyer some day.
I hope I don't fail 5th grade.
I hope I make good friends.
I hope I become a better writer.
I hope I can become the best batter on my team.
I hope my cat doesn't die.
I hope I do better at math this year.