About a year ago, I wrote a piece about vision boards for kids. It had almost left my mind until the other day when our Page Turner Adventures website received a ping from a Teach 100 ranked education blogger Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. She wrote a blog called Dream-Driven Education where she talked about the importance of our educators taking on the role of a “dream-facilitator” for our children. She said, “One of the first tasks of the educator as a dream-facilitator is to discover and help his/her learners discover their dreams, passions, and interests.” She then went on to provide questions and ideas to help learners identify these dreams,
- Given no restrictions, what would you like to do in your spare time?
- If you could wave a magic wand and be or do anything you want, what would it be?
- In one year from now, 10 years from now, what would you like to be doing that would make you happy?
- What would your life be like if it were perfect?
One way Jackie recommends answering these questions is to create a vision board. So, what is a vision board? It is a collage of words and images to help you visualize your goals and dreams.
Page Turner Adventures has always been all about using creative and positive visualization. We believe it is imperative and we use it constantly, especially in our BIG TEST Success series. BIG TEST Success practices positive visualization by using interactive activities to help kids deal with worry, negative voices, perfectionism, fear, and procrastination. Visualization techniques can come in many forms, but we must recognize the value creating vision boards has in regards to this matter.
We need to constantly support the idea of “dream-driven education” for our children. It is crucial to provide encouragement and support when it comes to setting goals and having dreams to ensure these minds stay active and inspired. Getting those feelings onto a vision board where you can visually see it every day can constantly reignite the fire and make all the difference in where the future may lead.
In these times, it is way too easy for hopes, dreams, and goals to get lost in the daily hustle and bustle life brings. Luckily, making a vision board is simple and can be done in school or at home with your family. Directions on how to create a vision board can be found on our previous blog, Vision Boards for Kids. There, you can also find also some vision board ideas to help lead the way. This activity is something I hope everyone will take the time to do. Sometimes we all need a little reminder to dream, so please, don’t hesitate to inspire those we love today and every day to come.