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Learning Stories

A prezi illuminating the imperative to be narrative... why we need to learn about each other's stories

Sean Grainger

on 30 August 2014

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Transcript of Learning Stories

Learning Stories...
During the first five years, learning development proceeds at a pace exceeding that of any other phase of life. During this time the brain undergoes its most dramatic growth, and children rapidly develop the cognitive capacity that enables them to become intellectually curious and creative thinkers.
We all have a story. It's the sum of our learning experiences + environmental influences + social interactions beginning the day we are conceived.
From the NYU Child Study Center...
at all... From "tabula rasa" to
"tabula abundans"... the child
as an abundant slate.
It appears clear to me that we are very privileged as professionals to have such adept and capable, albeit complex subjects to work with when we meet them for the first time in kindergarten.
Their "beginner minds" are primed and ready to learn. So how do we run with this and make it work for us and for them?
We have to see many possibilities and be relating to our students as
We have to...
Glare at...
Glance at...
We become coauthors with our students by learning the stories they've already written; the stories they're writing 'now' and the happy endings they dream about for the future.
This work is done in individual classrooms by individual teachers for individual students. The simple, grassroots process is a small shift that's easy to make when we engage students, their parents and significant others as our writing partners...
and it doesn't cost a dime.
The process starts in kindergarten...
...and ends at graduation as a 13 year learning story written by students, teachers, parents and important others who supported the process.
... learning stories are things,
but "learning stories" is
also an action we take to better understand our students and their situations.
See what we
...make personal connections;
create purpose and a sense of belonging.
You can start helping students write their personal learning stories on Monday.
Good luck.
Thank you.
Have a fantastic day!
Narrative Teaching and Learning
Narrative Medicine
Looking to the field of medicine provides us with one path to explore. Narrative medicine is a new and evolving medical discipline...
Many chapters have already been written by the time other people's kids become our students.
They have stories to tell.
If as practitioners, like our students, we also...
... of Columbia University.
There are 3 elements:
teacher and student
Twitter @graingered
KARE Givers @ http://www.karegivers.org/
What form should it take?
That's up to us, our levels of
creativity and how willing we
are to do something different...
new. Perhaps we can chat again.
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