On my recent flight from Seattle to San Jose I sat next to a couple of high school students. They were talking about school and comparing notes on the classes and teachers they had in common. My ears perked up immediately when they started talking about their writing class. That’s when the laughter and stories started to spill out.
They both had obviously taken the same class at different times. Each one talked about how much they loved the teacher. I was delighted to hear that this teacher had the students not only writing, but also circling up to tell each other stories about their lives.
“We got real tight in that class,” was one of the comments made about the circle storytelling. Another comment about the teacher was, “She wrote on one of my papers that she loved my writing.” This was said with so much pride and delight that it was amazing.
So here’s what I took away from this conversation:
- Wow, the power of storytelling. This writing teacher planted a seed in these students about how important stories are to our lives.
- This wonderful teacher made her students feel enthusiastic about writing. I doubt they’ll become writers but I really think it sparked an appreciation of stories and writers, that might last a lifetime.
- Teachers are catalysts and lightening rods. They have an amazing ability to inspire their students.
I wish I could find this teacher and tell her how much she’s impacted her students. I hope somewhere in Western Washington she knows.
So, have you overheard any interesting conversations lately? Do you have a story about a teacher that impacted your life in a positive way? I’d love to hear your stories!
Photo Credit: Garry Knight