My Wish Tree

I was in Copenhagen, Denmark last summer.  There was an installation along the waterfront by Yoko Ono that consisted of a grove of wish trees.  Passersby were asked to take a white tag, make a wish, and tie it on one of the trees.  That was it.  Art! I thought about that wish tree today as I spent time in a number of classrooms with children ranging in age from 8 to 16.  If we had a grove of trees planted in our district (or in any district), what wishes would I tie to the tree limbs?

Here’s the beginning of my very long list:

I wish:

  • All students would receive the highest quality instruction possible.
  • All students would feel loved and honored for who they are.
  • All students would be highly engaged in the work they are doing.
  • All students would get exactly what they need when they need it.
  • All students would feel that they have both choice and voice.
  • All students would find joy in their academic pursuits.
  • All students had dreams and aspirations.
  • All children owned their learning processes.
  • All children could talk well about their learning.
  • All teachers and parents and administrators had high expectations and hopes for all children.
  • All teachers demonstrated passion about the critically important work they are doing.
  • All teachers would recognize their importance (and power) in the lives of kids.
  • All teachers had choice and voice in what they are teaching (and what children are learning).
  • All teachers owned their teaching and learning processes.
  • All teachers had dreams and aspirations (for themselves and their students).
  • All teachers would find joy in their work.

I could go on and on, but this is a good start.

Thank you, Yoko, for always hoping and dreaming and wishing that the world will continue to become a more beautiful and peaceful and meaningful place.

7 thoughts on “My Wish Tree”

  1. Your wishes are beautiful, like castles in the sky. I suspect that you work every day to make them more substantial and closer to fruition. How wonderful that wishes and dreams fuel our journeys.

  2. All of your wishes are great. Two stood out for me, and not just because they rhyme: All students feel that they have choice and voice…
    And, all teachers feel that they have choice and voice in what they are teaching (and what children are learning). Those two fit together and make both parts of that relationship feel valued and empowered. Have you seen our Wishtree on Riverside?

  3. You have quite a list! The idea is lovely, too! It would be really cool to implement a wish tree grove in a district! Be sure to write another slice about it if you ever get to do it! I hope all your wishes come true!

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