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Best Possible Selves 1

Sunday, September 18, 2016


With "Best Possible Selves" recently announced as our school-wide theme for the year, we asked our 5th graders to tell us a bit about this important idea. Here are a few examples of what they had to say. Do their ideas make sense to you? In what ways does the theme have meaning or relevance in your life? Please return to this Blog page from time to time over the course of the year as we continue to explore this powerful metaphor.

Question 1: How do you know when you're being your best possible self?

I feel like I'm doing the right thing when I am my best possible self. I also feel like things are going in the right direction. I feel confident and passionate. I feel thoughtful too. In addition, I feel like I'm doing the right thing for the right reason.

When I'm being kind and respectful to others I feel like I'm being my possible self. Also, when I stand up for someone or do something nice for someone it makes me feel good because I'm being my best possible self. When someone does something mean to me I always try to do something nice despite their behavior. It's always better to take the higher path. Sometimes it's hard to be my best possible self, but most of the time I try to be despite the fact that nobody's perfect. It also makes me feel like a lot better of a person when I'm my best possible self.

Question 2: How do you know when other people are being their best possible selves?

You can recognize when others are being their best possible selves when they have empathy. In addition they could be thinking hard. On top of that the person could be solving a hard problem. Piggybacking on that, they could be trying out something new, stepping out of their comfort zone. That is what it resembles when I see someone be their best possible self.

I can recognize when others are being their best possible selves by looking at their body language, their expression, and overall how they act. If they are smiling or playing with friends or helping other people, I know they are being their best possible selves. I know when they're not their best possible selves when that person is pouting, being mean, or even just not paying attention to anything. It really all depends on the type of person. Some people may be their best self by just playing by themselves and others may have higher expectations for themselves, and doing different things.