Hopes and dreams in 2015 | Mentoring in the Middle

Hopes and dreams in 2015

I hope 2015 is a good year for you!  I was looking at a friend's facebook post yesterday and she proclaimed 2014 her best year yet.  And it was for her, with her husband and a healthy six-month old baby girl.  For me, losing my mom, brother, sister, and a dear friend within 9 months?  Not so much.

It's all in your perspective, isn't it?

And that's why I was so delighted with the writing my students did in response to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" contest, sponsored by Scholastic.  Here are parts of their thoughtful writing:

Here's another one:

And finally,
And then he concludes:

When I get tired of all the sad news in the world, when I'm frustrated by people who think they know what's best for teachers even though they've never set foot in a classroom, when I walk alongside someone who's recently been widowed.....

....that's when I turn to my students' writing.  Because they are so full of hope, still so full of possibilities.  They are the next generation and their dreams are still big.  And my plan for 2015 is to keep their dreams alive the best I can.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2015!


  1. I am so sorry to hear of your struggles in 2014 and I will remember you in my prayers. Your students poetry is beautiful. What a joy our kids (students) can be in our lives.
    Happy New Year,
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

    1. Thanks, Amanda. Prayers are always appreciated! I hope you have a great 2015 also!

  2. Marion--- I am sorry to hear you had a not so great 2014. You will be in my prayers! With that being said---I love your attitude! I am certain your 2015 will be amazing!

    Mind Sparks

    1. Thanks, Katie. I'm looking forward to a calmer (or at least, happier?) 2015! Thanks for your prayers!