Why Students Who Daydream do Better in School... the answer will surprise you.
The 7 Essential's: #1 - A Culture of Vision
The younger the child the more brilliantly they play "make believe." The whole universe is at their disposal as they whole-heartedly roleplay through their next adventure. Whether it be jumping from couch to couch to avoid the hot lava flow or playing house with an assortment of dollies and stuffed animals, children are the masters of their world.
This is actually a powerful problem-solving skill that is often lost as children grow up and enter life in the real world.
Our first building block in the RHOPE strategy creates a culture of vision. Vision helps to answer the question “Who Am I?” This building block teaches children how to believe in themselves.
We create this culture in our schools by using words of affirmation. Just by pointing out your student’s strengths and complimenting their efforts, we create a desire within them to want to do even better! That desire, leads to vision for how to do better. Daydreams that are fueled by the power to succeed become strategic problem-solving sessions.
Children need the ability to dream because dreams direct their lives. When we teach children how to dream, we are actually teaching them how to create solutions. Einstein said,
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
There are no limits to what children can do if they learn to dream.
Your Action Item
Your action item is to affirm your students every day. Tell them that you believe in them. Tell them how wonderful they are. Shower them with praise. Be their cheerleader. Remind them that they can do anything.
Children are more likely to succumb to peer pressure if they do not have a strong sense of who they are and where they are going. Children who learn to dream develop an internal map that helps release them from the pressure to fit within the status quo. I’ll show you how to create a culture of vision in your school that answers the intrinsic question, “Who am I?”
Together, we can do this!
There are 7 Essential Elements required for children to be emotionally safe. When these are satisfied, your children are much less likely to succumb to peer pressure because they are empowered with tools to meet their emotional needs. We call these 7 Elements The RHOPE Strategy; Rinehart’s Hierarchy of Peer Empowerment.
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