Ideas and Dreams


idea-what-do-you-do-with-an-ideaAt the beginning of every academic year, I visit homeroom classes. I take the opportunity to introduce myself to those who might not know me, share a favorite book (or two), and learn more about the students. This year I read the picture book What Do You Do with an Idea? written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom.

Interesting thing about picture books – so often they’re viewed as books for young children. While many of them are written with younger children in mind, picture books can also carry deeper meanings that older children and even adults enjoy. That’s definitely the case with What do You Do with an Idea? Amazon suggests that the book is for children in kindergarten through Grade 3. I’ve now read it to students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 – and even to adults. I’ve found that while the third graders enjoyed the book, the older children and the adults seemed to draw more inspiration from the story.

idea-safe-to-dreamThe message of the story is that no matter how big or how strange your idea might be – and no matter what anyone else might think of your idea – nurture and care for it because with one idea you can change the world. One of my favorite parts is when the main character builds a house for the idea as “a place where it could be safe to dream.” After reading the story to a class I passed out notecards to the students and asked them to share with me an idea or a dream that they have. I learned so much about the students from the wide variety of responses they gave. Some were serious, some were funny, some were a bit of both. But all gave me insight into who our students are and their dreams and aspirations. Below are a few of my favorites.



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