This is it - my theme for the year. Last year I focused on the "Choose Kind" motto. Choosing to be a little kinder than necessary is still vital, and it takes a special kind of bravery to stand up for yourself and others.
It takes bravery to risk failure, which is the only way to really learn.
It takes bravery to speak up in class and share your thoughts, questions, or ideas.
Last year, before I'd even thought of using this as my classroom theme, I started working on a display. "Boldly Go...." in big bold letters sits at the top of the board. I'd begun to add photos of the ISS team, Sally Ride, and other space related images. I think I'll leave lots of empty spots for now, and ask students to contribute. We'll focus on how people in the stories we read and the history we learn exemplified the idea of bravery. We'll collect quotes and anecdotes about standing up for what is right.
While I also plan to teach the Sixteen Habits of Mind as described by Costa (blog post on this will come after I do my lesson with the kids), I like the idea of framing the entire year around the core concept of bravery.
Let's get out there and help shape a generation who can speak up, stand up, and make the world a better place.
'There are all kinds of courage,' said Dumbledore, smiling. 'It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." - Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
― A.A. Milne
This is for you, @colbysharp. pic.twitter.com/IiDSWLR8qI
— Deborah Freedman (@DeborahFreedman) September 2, 2013
The video that several of my Twitter pals shared that started me down this amazing path...