So this year I am teaching an advisory for the first time. Six years in, teaching math only, and now I am learning how to work with student social-emotional growth…and I’m so excited!
Advisory for my school means 30mins, 4 times a week, with your 12-14 advisees. Mine are all 9th graders.
My school decided to fully adopt the StoryCorpsU curriculum for all freshmen advisories. (Which meant I had to go in early for two full days of training…) We had a very thorough training, but I have to say, I think it’s genius. The lessons are already planned out for me. Students get to listen to clips of actual NPR StoryCorps interviews, ones chosen specifically for high school kids. The students will also interview each other, interview me (yikes!), and finally record their own StoryCorps clip.
I think listening to and sharing stories is so simple but exactly what the students need.
Side note: A year ago the great Sam Shah and I recorded our own StoryCorps interview. I’ll have to dig that out and upload a clip or two on here…I think I might need help with this fancy technology…