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The Big Picture Series: Celebratation

“Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.” –George Washington Carver


I don’t think I was always able to determine what made me successful (at what I do). In fact, when I was younger, I thought success equaled making a lot of money. As an adult, I’ve come to realize that success has nothing to do with the amount of money that I earn… it has to do with the feeling I have inside when I accomplish or reach a goal I set for myself. I’m fortunate I learned this valuable lesson in my 20’s since I think some people don’t realize success means realizing their dreams and accomplishing them. One need not try to look around for ways to be successful. Rather, looking within so as to realize what you truly want out of life, is one way to truly become successful at any endeavor.


Help one student realize the meaning of this quote today. Celebrate the success of one child who struggled as a writer at the beginning of the school year. Make sure that you are celebrating a child who said that his/her “Hope and Dream” (or goal) was to become a better writer this year. Work with your student to help him/her see that s/he has overcome some hurdles as a writer (and therefore has become successful by working diligently day-after-day-after-day).

Reflective Journal:

Some questions to answer:

  • How did you help your student realize that their dream of becoming a better writer was attained?
  • Did you work with your student to help him/her see the big picture… that going-forward they need to look within to figure out their dreams so that they can make them into realities?
  • How did celebrating your student’s success as a writer make you feel today?

Extra Resources:

  • Don’t Look Back by Mary Engelbreit
  • Goal Setting for Students by John Bishop
  • New Moon Girls

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

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