"When educators know their stories matter, so do their students!"
Students often struggle with acknowledging that their story matters. In this workshop, participants will experience the process of developing their own personal narrative while gaining tools on how to engage students in creating their own. We will relate to, motivate, and educate each other through our own inspiring personal narratives and set plans on how to implement our learning back to students. Attendees will reflect on the stories that have shaped their own lives, engage in activities that build personal connections and community, and take away strategies to help students develop their own stories that matter. Our presentation's purpose is to support educators with discovering the narratives they can share with their students and the impact they can have on them. When educators know their stories matter, so do their students. This crucial information provides insight into how educator modeling can be instrumental in the development of their students' stories. When students are encouraged to discover, develop, and articulate their own stories throughout their schooling, it eases the college and job application process. Workshop activities will combine engaging self-discovery and team building components. Participants will leave with deeper connections, a stronger understanding of the narrative they can share with their own students back home, and tools for how to engage their students with identifying and sharing their own narratives.