Archive for August, 2015

My Story, Your Story, Our Story

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by lschwartz 2 Comments

I always find it both strange and comforting how things happen together in a way that are not connected, but end up becoming connected.

My friend and colleague, Chris Loat recently returned from the ADE 2015 conference in Florida.  One hot summer night surrounded by mosquitos, he talked about the theme of story at the conference and the importance of telling our story and the role that technology can play in storytelling. Our conversation, my passion for all things literacy and my inquiry into children’s oral story telling really got me excited about the role that story could play in my own professional learning.

A couple week’s later, I came across Chris Kennedy’s blog post about our local Richmond paper closing its doors after 83 years and how we as educators need to find ways to fill that void and tell our stories. The stories that local papers have always shared.

These two events were sending a message loud and clear.  It is time for me to dust off this space and begin to tell my own story.

What has prevented me from using this space, has been my own struggle with perfectionism. The fear that the content is not quite right.  But I am both inspired and excited to use this space to tell my own story.  My story as a teacher consultant who is passionate about literacy.  My story as a teacher who believes we can teach all children to read.  But just as important as teaching every child to read is showing every child the joy of reading and give them ample reasons to be life long readers and learners.  My story of using the draft documents of our transformed B.C. curriculum with other educators in our district.  My story of technology integration in literacy. My story about my questions, my readings and my learning.

We all have stories to tell and in telling our stories we make sense of our world, connect with others and look at things with fresh eyes. I am both excited and nervous to share my story this year.

“The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind.” – Vera Nazarian