Kennedy’s WIG? It was a classroom VICTORY!

WeChooseToGoToTheMoonThere are moments in a teacher’s life when he or she feels like a superhero. We have those moments to make up for all of the others. . .LOL! I had that moment this week. I wanted to share because I am proud of my students!

The 5th grade read excerpts from Kennedy’s speech “We Choose to Go to the Moon.” Students were mesmerized. It was amazing to watch as Kennedy’s words echoed through history inspiring a new generation. The “WOW” moment was when students connected this text selection with the 7 Habits without my prompting. Each and every 5th grade class recognized that Kennedy had set a WIG (Wildly Important Goal) for our nation!

We grabbed on to that the next day and discussed how we had to “Begin with the End in Mind” to reach that goal. We discussed that it took “Synergizing” and a “Win-Win” attitude to achieve that goal. We discussed the impacts of the speech and the goal that was set for America. We watched the first moon landing. We read about our American hero, Neil Armstrong. We brainstormed adjectives to describe what characteristics those first astronauts had to have.

We also wrote down our own “Moon Missions.” We wrote down our goals that are hard to do, but we CHOOSE to do them anyway. We choose to meet our goals because we can! This is a sampling of those “Moon Missions”:

Get a scholarship

Play softball at the University of Alabama

Do well on the ASPIRE test

Become a Marine Biologist

Open my own hair salon

Compete in the Olympics (gymnastics)

Be the first in my family to graduate from college

Today’s children still have dreams! They need us to help them set their goals and figure out a way to achieve it! They need someone to tell them that they can. . .not because it is easy, but because it is hard!

This week’s HW:

EVERY NIGHT: Study Academic Vocabulary, Work on Research Project, and Read for AR Points