What Happens When We Listen to Teachers’ Stories

More recently, teachers have been badly raped. We have seen teachers’ strikes throughout the year provoked by sharp budget cuts, which have been mitigated by the president’s son’s public comments about “losing teachers” at the national level.

In a world of such hostility, what can teachers do? Here’s the solution: Tell us our stories.

Why? Because, as an English teacher can tell you, stories help us understand each other. From a psychological point of view, parts of the brain involved in understanding the story become associated with the people involved in the theory (the ability to guess and understand) that others may think differently than we do.

In fact, studies have shown that listening to a person’s story can increase our empathy, give us a greater sense of purpose and connection, and even encourage empathy.

Teachers in Auckland, which is challenging the broader narrative of our education system, zoom in on teachers’ personal stories in a way that brings humanity and encourages community support. By highlighting the stories of several teachers each week on social media, Auckland’s teacher community provides an opportunity for community members to share their appreciation for outstanding teachers through the “#RaiseYourHand” campaign.

Om Chatil, founder and executive director of Oakland Teachers, launched the organization to create more compassionate, just and supportive communities. “I felt that the conversation around education and schools often made the actors rude.” “I wanted to focus on the most important adult to teacher community in my current education system, as a whole.”

Stories increase empathy With

the onslaught of negative news running on our social media feeds, it’s easy to deviate from it, get upset or default to a malicious act. Yet emotionally compelling stories attract us.

Author Jonathan Gottschal claims that stories “teach us about the world while influencing us emotionally.” They act as a “central unifying force” between us, with the power to change our attitudes and beliefs.

In a recent study, participants who read a news story based on an individual’s experiences reacted more strongly to both individual characteristics and the group representing them, when compared to non-narratives.

Read the narrative news (in other words, the information presented only). After reading the statement, participants reported more positive intentions towards the featured person, as well as a desire to learn more after reading.

“My purpose on this earth is to remove children suffering”

teachers respond with Auckland’s stories of readers similar resonance. As one reader puts it, “Your story was deep to me.” There was a breath of fresh air to read about your philosophy of education and a step back and a good one to remember the humanity of it all.

Reminder, thank you for all your work. “Another reader (an aspiring teacher) commented,” You introduced me to your passion, and I can’t wait for you to take that position today. It makes a difference and makes life truly happy. “

What’s going on in our brains because we have these kinds of reactions? Oxytocin is a hormone that increases empathy (our ability to understand the feelings of others) ) And our ability to interact with others Studies and a number of studies have shown that “character-based stories lead to the synthesis of oxytocin,” as researcher Paul Zack writes.

Therefore, it is surprising. It’s not that story readers and viewers face empathy in everyday face-to-face conversations..

Stories give us purpose Stories

connect with us, but they Work and our society also give us a strong sense of purpose. Paul Zack explained that stories are a great way to communicate a larger, more “objective”. And people are more motivated by the “superior purpose” of their work (the way they make life better) than by the purpose of their transaction (the way it provides a good or service).

Stories connect us, but they also give us a strong sense of purpose in work and in our society. Paul Zack explained that stories are a great way to communicate a larger, more “objective”. And people are more motivated by the “superior purpose” of their work (the way they make life better) than by the purpose of their transaction (the way it provides a good or service).

As teachers mobilize and motivate their work in public through Oakland teachers, they inevitably play a role in creating a sense of community and a shared vision. “I think public education is for the common good,” said Emily Macy of Auckland High School. “It’s a good thing everyone uses it. It gives people a common ground and space to live together and learn together.

Om Chatel is not a teacher, but when he made teachers Auckland He chose to focus on teachers as community leaders:

a plan to bridge the power gap, reduce the gap in opportunity, and fight military repression. Better education is the key to overcoming these shortcomings. , And teachers are a fundamental part of our education system. Therefore, I am trying to support teachers to the best of my ability and ensure that they are healthy and fit.

Telling each other’s stories is powerful for teachers. “Especially because busy teachers often don’t have time to connect with each other,” says Chutil. “They feel affirmed and dynamic, and they know they’re not alone.” So they respond by saying, “Put me more into it.” Keep me going ‘

Stories affect the process,how do

but stories help us reach reality and help each other, offering gratitude or thanksgiving?

Let’s go back to the storytelling research for a moment. Emotionally compelled, character-driven oxytocin not only promotes empathy but also encourages kindness, generosity and cooperation. In fact, Paul Zack likes to call it a “moral molecule.” In one study, the amount of oxytocin released by the brain actually predicted how much people were willing to help others (e.g., donating money to a charity linked to a statement).

Teachers After reading the Oakland Post, people somehow get a chance to say “thank you” to this teacher. For example, they can buy gift cards or luggage for classroom books or logistics. Can contribute funds. They can also volunteer their time, or just write a thank-you note to a teacher.

Most readers choose to express gratitude with a note, and Chattel explains that this is the easiest thing for people who don’t have the resources yet. “They may not have the money or the time, but they have fallen in love and they will show it.”

In a recent study, researchers found that people who wrote a thank-you note reported greater well-being after writing, which ultimately did more good for those participants, even after six weeks.

Individuals and businesses in Auckland are beginning to respond to teachers in the same way. Cheetah writes every thank you note – you note that its readers write online and pass it on to teachers. He has written so much that his hand is shrinking these days.

And kindness is spreading throughout the congregation. One business initially offered free yoga classes for teachers. Now, they are offering more classes to more teachers. A massage therapist responded to a teacher’s offer of a free massage, and a reader decided to invite a teacher over for coffee and conversation on Saturday morning.

It’s not just about educating children, it’s part of a community.


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