Big Ideas*I want children to understand that readers read to get smarter, and to learn about themselves, other people and the world. Reading is something that children can do independently.*I want the children to know that they will become better readers through hard work, effort and determination. They can accomplish their goals!*I want children to know that readers read, write and think with purpose and enthusiasm.*I want children to engage in conversations and discussions about big ideas with open hearts and minds, to be willing to share their own thinking, and to appreciate, learn from , and respect the ideas and opinions of others.*I want children to understand that learning is for always- it's ongoing, lifelong, and vital.