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Keynote presentation given at the Spring Fling British Columbia Teachers Federation North-Central Zone Conference in Prince George, BC. Stories shape who we are. How a focus on strengths and confidence along with conditions for engagement can change the stories of our students. (note the title slide photo is from Ben Ishaque


  • Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build Educational Spring Fling BCTF North Central Annual Conference April 4, 2014 Chris Wejr @chriswejr
  • Who IS this guy?
  • "I come to you humbly not to tell you what to do on your journey but to share with you what I have learned on mine Wab Kinew cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Thompson Rivers University:
  • What Matters
  • What is YOUR story?
  • Stories about ourselves Video:
  • We teach who we are. Parker Palmer
  • Our stories shape who we are
  • Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Engagement
  • We dont know who we can be until we know what we can do -- Sir Ken Robinson
  • BCs Education Plan
  • The Stories of our Students
  • The Story of Amy CC Image from Don Kennedy
  • Is our students work both a reflection of who THEY are and what WE want them to do? CCimagefromBradFlickinger
  • Exploring who they are creating their stories CC Image by Wonderlane
  • Agassiz Centre for Educatio n New Stories From Vancouver Sun
  • Blog:
  • STRENGTHS d e f i c i t s
  • CC Image: Each child has a gift... We need to see and nurture these gifts so they emerge and flourish throughout an individuals life -- Lorna Williams
  • Our students strengths are not carrots to be dangled to get them to comply they are valuable resources to be tapped and embedded in their learning. CC Image from ChrisCook04
  • What we see Depends on what we look CCImagebyRyanHaddad
  • The power of a student- designed curriculum Lifestyles PE cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Boston Public Library:
  • Changing the stories
  • Winnersand Losers? Rethink how we honour cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by lee:
  • To shift a cycle from decline to success, leaders must restore peoples confidence --Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  • Back up to where they are and get em on a winning streak Tom Schimmer CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud
  • CC Image by Paul Tomlin : Make it worth the effort.
  • Got grit? CC Image from az Resiliency craves confidence
  • Created by Krissy Venosdale
  • Change the streak. Change the story. CC Image by Ladyvee9
  • ENGAGEMENT changing the stories
  • We cannot motivate others we can only work to create the conditions for people to motivate themselves. -- Image:
  • Students do not want learning made easy, they want it to mean something. They want to feel something, to be moved by what they learn. They want to connect deeply with things that matter and they want the chance to make a difference. Canadian Education Association
  • Student Voice More interactivity More choice and flexibility More relevance Care Passion Via ThoughtStream
  • classes with students in them or teaching students that are in our classes? CC Image by Cybrarian77
  • Exploring Interests Through CHOICES
  • Innovation Day Photo from Josh Stumpenhorst
  • Inquiry "When there is space for kids to create, connect, explore - magic happens Neil Stephenson CC Image by Linus Bohman
  • Wonder Wall via Kathy Rice
  • Project-Based Learning CC Image by Judy Baxter
  • Passion Projects @_MrsBarb
  • Be More Random Video from Naryn Searcy
  • Reflect. Tap into your strengths. Tap into our students strengths. Start change with one thing Now. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Rita M.:
  • Try something new. Take a risk. Do it.
  • cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Andrea Hernandez:[email protected]/5723911023/
  • The Strength of Dom
  • Create the conditions. Be designers of learning. Neil Stephenson CC Image by Frank Wuestefeld
  • Thank you!
  • Connect With Me @chriswejr [email protected]

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