The totem poles were interesting. Interesting and depressing.
To brainstorm ideas for the totem “story,” I asked my students, “What is something that you are proud of that you worked hard to learn?”
Apparently my students are secretly scuba-divers, concert pianists, and Olympic swimmers.
Then I told them the story must be a true.
My children aren’t successful at much. For several students, I had to revoke the “true story” part. Depressing.
The rear wall of my classroom is covered with poles. Today I made the goal that each child will graduate from my classroom with a positively true totem story…that’s doable, right?