D.R.E.A.M. Process – Second Step

R – Realize strengths and potential

Goal

To have students working out of their strengths and developing a learner-directed accountability system based on high expectations and rigor.

Cultural Components

  • Expectation #2 – We will not laugh at or make fun of a person’s mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns. Includes:  Literature, Music, Videos, Vocabulary, Writing Prompts, and Activities at three levels: Elementary   -   Middle School   -    High School
  • Life Principle:  Respect   - Includes activities, quote posters, literature/poetry, and other resources
  • Quote: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”  - --Dr. Seuss  

Vocabulary

Music

Media

Optional Technology Activity:   Using their smart phones or iPads have students open their browser and search for ‘Walt Disney brainy quote slide show’.  It will take them to a slide show of Walt Disney’s Top 10 quotes

For use with Smart Board, click on this address,
 Top 10 Walt Disney Quotes

Ask them to pick their favorite quote or two and enter in their journal or save in NOTES on their phone for future use.

Suggested Activities

3rd -5th:

Materials: 
1 piece of paper for each student – (Star size is dependent on size of the paper.)
Scissors to share
Copies of Dream Star Directions – 1 per student or project on Smart Board

Directions:

  • Put learners in groups of 3-5. 
  • Lead learners through the creation of a five-pointed star (see ‘Dream Star Directions’ pattern) and instruct them to write his/her strengths/talents on the points of the star. 
  • In the group have each learner share what is written on his/her star and then have the group share their ideas of that person’s strengths and potential.  Add these to the star.
  • Have the group ‘Mill to music’ –(see music links above) and share with at least two other people their strengths.

  Final Instructions to participants:

“Before you sit down, discuss with your current partner the following question: "Why is encouraging me to work out of a strength important to achieving my dream?”

            Suggestion:   Display stars and/or have students save them in their journals for future use.

Reflection: (Select One)

Have learners draw or write for about 3-5 minutes about:

“What stands out about my strengths and potential from this activity?”

“I really believe that I can…”