Stories Around the World

This year, our staff has been inspired by the Dan Pink, “What Is Your Sentence Video?”.  Today, I was blown away by our professional development idea that was developed by our Citizenship and Social Responsibility (Character Education) team.  All of our PD is developed and created by our own staff, and this is just a great example of how we are connecting it with kids.

Here is the breakdown.  Our PD team prefaced the day by showing the Dan Pink, “What is your sentence video?” to staff as a reminder of the work that we have been doing.  Then Lisa Aronyk shared the following reading of “Howard B. Wigglebottom Follows his Heart” by Howard Binkow and Susan F. Cornelison.

Then she asked questions based on the character in the story tying directly into his “sentence”.

This was an extremely inspiring idea by our staff because they are not only modeling their learning to staff, but they are also learning alongside the kids.  It is amazing that they are developing their “sentence” alongside the students.

Inspired by this idea, we have created a wiki for people to share reading stories from around the world!  This is a great way to share some fantastic stories, and have different people from different cultures have the chance to read in classrooms.  We believe that this is a great way to learn about diversity in the world.  If you are interested, please add to the wiki linked below:

Stories Around the World

Maybe Dan Pink could share a story with us as well?

  • Jack Hill

    The paraphrase of our identiy – Socrates asked 'Who am I?" We are asking young people to summarize in a sentence the essence of what it means to be human in the world that they live. We practice that by listening to other stories. Why is it that children seem to find this easier when they are young? Do students find it more difficult to find their sentence in their teens? Does our system and expectations change or our questions on Diploma Exams? I like the your idea!

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