A colleague of mine was recently reflecting on his personal vision of education. In his reflection on what he hoped students could do after taking his class (American History), he said that he hoped students could “Tell the story.” As he explained his thought, it became clear that the vision of education he was describing was less about a '”history story” and more about the ability of students to share with others their experiences. “Story telling”, as he explained, “has been and continues to be an essential method for human beings to pass on knowledge.” I agree with this statement. As a matter of fact, I believe that the act of sharing information is how we create knowledge.
As for the story telling, what will our students say? What is their story? Every story has its cast of characters. As educators, we are all cast members in our students’ stories. What role do you think you play? Hero? Villain? Supporting cast?
Are your students stories dramas? Comedies? Tragedies?
What lesson is learned from your students’ stories? What can you learn as a teacher? What do other students learn about learning?
…and they all lived happily ever after.
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