I went to a workshop this year lead by Michael and Alexsys Thompson. They shared with me a wonderful way to start the year, ask my kids who they are and who they want to become. I decided to do this in place of our usual hopes and dreams. Students took time to think about who they are today and who they hope to become this year and even far into the future.
Students were really thoughtful about these questions. When I read aloud the book, they were supportive of one another and understood that we are all intertwined, and that we have the power to make our hopes and dreams come true and to also help our friends succeed. We all rely on each other, and that's a really beautiful thing!
We also took time to watch Amy Cuddy's TED Talk ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc&list=PLUImdtHE8uEAAEcfv_pjCFMAmvMUylc5r&index=2 ) about the power each of us has, if we only allow it to shine through. My students decided the best possible cover for our book was to strike power poses! We then celebrated our amazing selves and hard work with a publishing party! Thanks to everyone who helped to make the party even more special by sending in delicious treats! As you can see in the photos, we had an awesome time!