What brings YOU joy?
This last week I asked my students to revisit
their goal writing from September.
Back then, we spent time
reading nonfiction stories
and carving out our own
vision for this school year.
Now, students must discover if they
were successful in their pursuit.
And, what hinders their life goals?
Inevitably, it’s a big idea,
so I toss out something else —
Where do they envision themselves
in 10 years and
how can they pursue those good things?
Usually it means getting into a great university and
working toward a degree.
Eventually they see the benefit of doing
well in 10th grade Literature class.
I also encourage them to consider
what brings joy
and how they can live a more
emotionally rewarding life
if they choose a meaningful career,
a way they can bring hope to others.
I’m always grateful when students are
willing to discuss these ideas
and then, when they write personal stories.
I hope they carry these lessons
long after this school year is over.