Thank you for writing such a thoughtful blog post, Jalem! I am really looking forward to working together throughout this course. I enjoyed your story about your grade 10 leadership teacher and his use of multimedia. It sounds like that video was engaging and impactful, which I am sure was your teacher’s intent.
I could not help but smile when I read your paragraph about Cindy Brown and her stories. I am so lucky to have had Cindy for two courses (Learning Support and Promoting Prosocial Behaviour) and I have also benefitted from her amazing stories. As I write this, I can recall several of her stories and the lessons that accompanied them. You are completely correct in saying that if we had learned those same lessons from a textbook or PowerPoint slides, they would not have had the same impact. I have always wondered whether teachers like Cindy, who use stories to teach, write the stories into their lesson plan, or whether they decide to tell it on the spot. One thing that I always appreciate about Cindy’s stories is that they always seem authentic. Authenticity, in my opinion, is a key factor in promoting student engagement.