This week is about believing in our dreams and overcoming barriers to progress and limiting beliefs. The discussion is a way to apply the affirmation to each of the five core competencies of social and emotional learning as students consider who inspires them and how they can inspire others too.

We provide the idea-starters with the intent that teachers can develop creative variations to adapt to age-appropriate use for their students. 

SEL Discussion Resource: I BELIEVE IN MY DREAMS


Write or say the affirmation together: I believe in my dreams.

  • What self-talk stops you from believing in your dreams sometimes?
  • What do you love doing and would do it all the time if you could?
  • Finish this sentence: I have always hoped I could _______________ someday.


  • Your dream is up to you! Describe the unique abilities you have that connect with your dream.
  • What skills will you need to start learning now in order to pursue your dream?
  • What blocks you from your dreams?
    • Identify any of these that are limiting beliefs and write a statement that turns it into an “I can” statement.

Responsible decision-making

  • What words of praise would you want to hear that encourage your dream?
  • Write a letter to yourself that explains why you believe in yourself and your dreams.
  • Write a contract/commitment to yourself about working hard to pursue your dreams.

Social awareness

  • Who inspires you because they accomplished their dreams?
  • Who do you aspire to be like? What obstacles do you think they had to overcome?
  • Who is your biggest cheerleader for your dreams?

Relationship skills

  • When you believe in someone else’s dream, what could you say to show that to them?
  • Who might you need to collaborate with as you pursue your dream?
  • Describe how cooperating with others and encouraging each other helps everyone make progress.


Next week’s SEL focus: I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY

To find the full-size posters to use in your classroom (or the magnet or postcard size) visit our store.

Suggestion for virtual learning:

  • Purchase a pack of 30 postcards for the teacher to hold the appropriate one up to the screen during discussion.
  • Purchase a pack of 30 small hand-off notes for each student to have at home with them. This allows for an interactive and hands-on experience.