>Dreams in the Classroom


In Honour of Martin Luther King Jr.: In Our Classroom
On January 18th, 2010 we celebrated Martin Luther King’s life, dreams, messages and accomplishments. As a class we looked deep into the life, heart and mind of a great, great man.
We listened to him speak, we heard his words, we read, we role played, we discussed.
The following day, we talked about dreams. What are they? Are they important? Why?
We split into groups and the students read, discussed and debated some famous quotes about “dreams”. We came back as a group to present our findings.
Finally, each student chose a quote and created a poster. Students were encouraged to look within, and to choose a quote that really meant something to them. A quote that they fully understood (& this is not as easy as it seems) and believed in. A quote that they wanted to share with the school. A quote that might resonate with and inspire others.
It was a heartwarming, uplifting, moral boosting, group solidifying, delicious, wonderful experience.
I loved it —- they did too. What a wonderful group.
I have listed the quotes below.
We all have dreams.
Dream Quotes: “I have a dream ….”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”
Anais Nin
 “The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.”
Elizabeth Gilbert
“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s  evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”
Woodrow Wilson
“Dreams are necessary to life.”
Anais Nin
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
Anatole France
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.”
Marcia Wieder
“Nothing happens unless first a dream.”
Carl Sandburg
“The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.”
Hamilton Wright Mabie
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
Gloria Steinem
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the  strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Harriet Tubman
“The end of wisdom is to dream high enough not to lose the dream in the seeking of it.”
William Faulkner
“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
Victor Hugo
“A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.”
Zadok Rabinowitz
“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.”
Edward Kennedy
“I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
W.B. Yeats
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Hope is the dream of the waking man.”
French Proverb

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