Rose Sanford Wright, Grade 8 Teacher, Jackson Public School District, Jackson MS
My motto for teaching for the past 30 years is: “If my students can’t learn the way I teach, I must teach the way my students can learn”. I often share with other teachers my teachable moments when Tools for Life was there to support my students.
Storytelling and Tools for Life are a natural fit. What better way to illustrate social emotional learning than by the sharing of stories? Folktales, poetry, songs, and chants are all part of the storytelling world.
How often have you heard, “Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”? Every child is a unique individual; they are not one size fits all, and we cannot connect with them in that manner. For the most part, teachers with high-quality relationships are aware of student needs, exhibit appropriate levels of guidance and cooperation and have fewer discipline problems.