Cherish the Good Stories

All development occurs over the long term. It is important for educators to learn to spot good stories when they occur.

There are plenty of challenges in the classroom. But there are plenty of good stories as well.

At the last school I worked, we had a longstanding tradition. We would start every meeting by sharing good stories.

This could be anything. Stories about something positive a student did. The progress that we made on a project. A reward we received for our efforts from the community. Or a nice, inclusive event that everybody benefitted from.

I will admit, that I was not always willing to honor this tradition. My inner german would always compel me to rush to the actual agenda to “get things done”. Therefore, I often got mocked by my colleagues and bosses about it.

Upon further reflection, I realize how important this tradition was.

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I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, and other places abroad. I have a background in teaching, both youngsters and adults. I am interested in a wide field of things, which I love to teach and write about. Sustainability, technology, politics, social change, and mental health are just some examples.

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