Hopes and Dreams
from one Third Grade Classroom…
Strong democracies are built on shared dreams
and the practical tools to express those dreams.
At The Learning Community all students and teachers write
their hopes and dreams at the beginning of the year, and many
parents share dreams, too. Then classes ask: How is your dream
connected to what you are learning? How will we respect each
other's dreams as we learn and work together?
Dreams from one class illustrate the investment our students,
teachers and families are making in our common future.
As a third grader my dream is to
multiply faster than my dad.
To make sure this happens I will not
play with my shoelaces, and I will listen
to Mrs. Payson a lot. When I grow up
my hope is to be a doctor and go to the
I will go to medical school.
My dream for Stephen is to be a
great student, a great athlete,
but primarily a great person.
For him to be a very educated child,
responsible with his things,
and very humble. In a few words,
I would like him to be
an exemplary child.
By the end of this year my hope is to
learn cursive and be a better reader and
writer. I will work harder in reader’s
workshop and writer’s workshop. When
I grow up my dream is to learn how to
fix cars and motorcycles and bikes and
trucks. To make this happen I will work
hard in college and make money for a
house and a job.
My dream for Myson is to be the best
he can, in whatever he chooses in life.
To be proud of all of his
accomplishments and dreams (which
most likely will have to do with cars!).
Have a successful career and be an
independent individual –
so college is definitely in his future!
Last but not least to be happy with
himself and others.
As a third grader my hope in this class
is to learn multiplication and more
measurement. I will do this by listening to
the teacher and learn a lot of math and
learn new strategies. When I grow up my
dream is to be a great teacher. To make
sure this happens I will go to college and
learn a lot. I always wanted to teach.
My dream for Erika is that she grows as a
good person treating every single person
the way that she wants to be treated.
I want her to be a good professional that
always tries to do the best in everything –
with ethics before anything else.
Kathy Payson, Teacher
My hope this year is to create an
environment in the classroom that fosters
creative thinking, open communication,
caring relationships and above all --
community building. My dream is to help
support the children so that they become
more self-reliant and resourceful so they
can one day achieve their own
hopes and dreams.
As a third grader my hope is to become
successful by reading non-fiction for the
whole year. I will do this by not letting
anything in my way and to not get
distracted and to try my best. When I
grow up my dream is to become an
emergency dentist – like when somebody
knocks out their tooth. I will do this
by being the best I can be and
not get distracted.
My dream for Jaidan is for him to be a
successful and talented third grader.
I would also like for him to learn new
things and make lots of new friends.
I know he will do a super job.
As a third grader my hope is to learn and
have fun with my friends! I will learn and
have fun because that’s what school is all
about! When I grow up my dream is to be
a fashion designer because that’s all I ever
dreamed of as a little girl. To make sure this
happens I will work hard in college!
The only reason I want to be a fashion
designer is because you get to use your
As a third grader I hope to become a
stronger writer. Because I like to write lots
of stories and also a better reader. Books
help me learn more words and read much
better. I will read more books than I do
and write much more stories and poems.
When I’m out of school I see myself as a
writer. Or a teacher. To make sure this
happens I will go to college
every single day.
My dream for Julializ is to become
a writer. Along the way she learns
to use new vocabulary to add
to her wonderful stories. I dream to
get more stories that impress me.
I am very proud of her, and I will
keep encouraging her to work as
hard as she can to achieve her goals.
My hope in this class is to learn
cursive. To make sure this happens I
will work hard and be patient until
the day I learn it. When I grow up
my dream is to save animals in the
wild. I will study it in college,
get a job for a vet for practice,
and I’ll get the job.
My dream for David is to become a
very outspoken person so that he may
be able to talk about his dreams and
goals. I would like David to have a
very healthy and happy life.
As a third grader my hope is to be a body
builder. To make sure this happens
I will work out. By the end of the
year my hope is to read every night.
To make sure this happens
I will pick out a book from our class.
By the end of the year my hope is to
know everything I can for fourth grade.
I will practice, practice and practice
non-stop every day. When I’m out of
school I see myself trying to get a job
as a vet or open my own veterinarian shop.
I will go back to school and learn every little
thing I can about being a vet. When I take
care of pets, it’s my responsibility to try to
help them. Maybe they’ll get better
and they will be safe again!
My dream for Christiana is for
her to become whatever her heart desires.
To achieve all her goals in life.
To exceed in school and become the
veterinarian she always wanted to be.
All dreams can come true if
you work hard to achieve them.
As a third grader my hope is to learn
multiplication. And try even if math
is tricky. And learn cursive. And read
lots of good books. I hope I write
lots of good stories. When I grow
up, my dream is to… be a dancer.
I will do this by eating healthy food,
walking and staying healthy.
My dream for Joseph is that he
would become a confident, secure
boy who continues to love school,
learning, and exploring and
discovering new things
and new places.
Thank you for taking the time
to listen to some of the dreams
of our students and families.
To learn more about how these dreams are
coming true, arrange a visit to our school.
401-722-9560 or firstname.lastname@example.org