Whether You’re Crawling or Cheering…Tell Your Story

In the end, there were tears and laughter. Our stories brought forward the emotion.  The emotion needed to be experienced.

Truly, whether you’re crawling or cheering this year, tell your story.

Exercise #1

In our small, safe, and compassionate group of Better Leaders, Better Schools mastermind leaders, the stories came from the prompt…

Journal one story (6-8 sentences) you want your teachers 

to hear about this year.

Our lives are held in our stories.  What if the greatest gift you could give your team this June is the power of story-telling?Our mastermind group is considering the power of storytelling with Bernadette Jiwa’s What Great Storytellers Know – 7 Skills to Become Your Most Inspiring and Influential Self.Jiwa asserts, “Great stories happen to people who tell them.”This sounds good, right?  Like you, I want to be part of a great story in education!Not to mention, long before marketers and leaders leaned into the power of story, Indigenous peoples from around the world held their history, their lives, and their futures in the power of story.Richard Wagamese, in his book Embers – One Objibway’s Meditations writes,

“All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…”

                                                                     ― Richard Wagamese

When we tell stories, it is an act of decolonizing and Indigenizing our communities.What story would you tell, whether we’re grieving, recovering, celebrating, or crawling?  At the end of this year, what pivotal moment from the 21-22 school year re-captures your imagination.Take a minute to consider, what story would you share?

‘She wished to walk softly on the Earth’ – Original artwork by Carrie Mitchell https://www.instagram.com/carrieannearts/

Exercise #2

The next prompt is… 

What does your story share about you?

So, whether you’re laughing or weeping, energized or exhausted, telling the story of the school year is an important reflection for every leader.  How can you engage your team in story-telling as you close the school year?And of course, why is it important?For the sake of the children,KarinePS  If you want to level up as a leader, I know the place where you can grow, learn, and be mentored.  Check out the BLBS Mastermind for School Leaders.