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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My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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