Telling Your Story

How does your individual story fit into the bigger story? Recently, a university professor described the first day assignment that he’s used for the past two years with great results. On the first day of the semester he asks each student to write the story of how they ended up in his class – in other words, to tell their story. He discovered that by telling their stories, ┬áthe students, no matter where they came from, felt they deserved to be there – that they belonged in his class and felt part of the community from the beginning. Grades improved. As a speech-language pathologist, I work with students on writing skills and story grammar structure. It is amazing to see the confidence that develops when students hone the ability to tell and eventually, write their stories. They understand how they fit into the larger world and how their unique stories and perspectives are so valuable.