What do you want to be in the future? You might be asked this question many times throughout your life. Some people know right away, and others need time to reflect. Working with fourth- and fifth-graders, we always try to inspire them and let them know that their dreams are attainable. Oftentimes, we need to visualize the things we want, so it helps to put these things down onto a piece of paper.
In today’s lesson, we asked the children to look through some magazines and cut out things that they saw that they might want for themselves in the future. Students searched for pictures representing their career goals. It could be some cool words they put together or a picture of a superfast car they have always dreamed of having. Maybe, they dream of a beautiful home they’d like to buy for themselves or a family member. It was interesting to see the different things they picked out and also surprising to see how many of them knew what they wanted to be. The purpose of this exercise is to create a visual they could constantly recall of the things they want out of life. You have to work hard for the things you want no matter what it is, it has to be a consistent effort. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed in school, work, or friendships, and we forget what we are striving for.
Although we as adults might not always find the time to sit and make an art project, it helps to put your goals down in a list. Whether they are short-term goals for a long-term achievement, or a simple “to-do” list to help you throughout the day, take a couple minutes out of your day to plan ahead. Watch the difference in productivity it makes and how easy it is to transition from one thing to the next. It always feels great when you go into a situation prepared!
-Teaching Artist Jessica Pomales