This probably will be one of the laziest blog entries I ever post, but I found this poem in one of the books I was reading earlier this year for my education psychology class. I wanted to hang onto it on same way since, even though it’s used a lot in graduation cards and speeches, I think it could be used at any age to build engagement, and some level of inspiration, in a classroom community. Who knows. Maybe it will bring some sentimental motivation to your own day as well.

“Dream Big”

Author Unknown

If there were ever a time to dare,

To make a difference

To embark on something worth doing

It is now.

Not for any grand cause, necessarily –

But for something that tugs at your heart

Something that is worth your aspiration

Something that is your dream.

You owe it to yourself

To make your days count.

Have fun.  Dig deep. Stretch.

Dream big.

Know, though,

That things worth doing

Seldom come easy,

There will be times when you want to

Turn around

Pack it up and call it quits

Those times tell you

That you are pushing yourself

And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.


Because with an idea,

Determination and the right tools,

You can do great things.

Let your instincts, your intellect

And let your heart guide you.


Believe in the incredible power

Of the human mind

Of doing something that makes a difference

Of working hard

Of laughing and hoping

Of lasting friends

Of all the things that will cross your path

Next year

The start of something new

Brings the hope of something great.

Anything is possible

There is only one you

And you will pass this way but once.

Do it right.