Life is an adventure. So often it is cloaked under layers of routine, habit and obligation; but at the heart of it, the fact that we are even on this planet (possibly upside down right now) in the midst of a fathomless expanse of universe… well, it’s almost unbelievable.
And yet here we are. We are living beings, existing in a perfectly balanced sphere that has been breathed into existence and sustained by a loving Creator… and often forgetting our very purpose. When we live in the ‘zoomed in’ present, consumed by the fears and stresses of the moment, it can be difficult to remember that it is a miracle that we even exist.
The stories we tell about ourselves matter. They have the power to shape us, to determine what path we take and the power to keep us trapped in a state of survival or reaching for something greater.
Every parent wants what is best for their child, but knowing what that ‘best’ is at every stage of development is a complex and often illusory task. In a world littered with destructive messaging, a culture that prioritises the individual above all else, and a virtual landscape that harbours deception – it is more important than ever that students are prepared to face their futures with a deep sense of who they are with the character to face any trial.
Story-Based Learning is built on the premise that as students grow, they form stories about themselves, others and the world. Every single experience they have is interpreted into an aspect of their life-story that gives meaning to their past, present and future. When there is coherence and alignment between their experiences and their story, students grow and thrive. And yet when there is tension, confusion and misalignment, students struggle.
The beauty of this paradigm is that student-choice is at its heart. No one experience is ever the end of the story. When failure comes, there is always a way to rise up again. Every student has a choice about the stories they align their lives with and the strengths they develop. All it takes are words of life in times of struggle. The development of a strong identity and a resilient character can either be supported or thwarted depending on the student’s environment. And that’s why a positive community, deep connections and healthy relationships are crucial to Story-Based Learning.
We have far more power than we might realise. We have the capacity to shape a thriving story for our children, for our families, and for our communities. This power never changes – despite context, background, the chaos of life – we always have that choice. And when linked into a caring and connected community, framed by our faith in God who shows us what love truly looks like, we have the potential to bring hope, light and love to our children and the world.
Interested in Story-Based Learning? We’re creating a spotlight series to highlight what makes this innovative approach to education so powerful.
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