IN an article called ‘Kindle: How you can make a million writing your own e-book’, Andrew Wilson shares his ideas about e-publishing. I’m guessing there’s more to the amount of work he did than he’s letting on. While it’s wise to read the whole article, what I’ve done is to condense his words to get a gist of the whole thing:
Once upon a time, as they were tucked into bed at night, children would look up dreamily at their mothers or fathers and say, “Tell me a story.”
I was one of those children who know early on what they want to be “when they grow up.”
“I’m going to be a writer,” I told my parents. “I’m going to write books,” I said to my teacher. When they stopped laughing, I took my secret dream and buried it. But I did know who I was and who I was going to be, so finally I started writing despite the expectation of ridicule. I was 35.
When teachers and students meet each other they bring histories along. Acknowledging those histories – simply showing each other moments of our lives – helps everyone be more his or her true self. Conversely, keeping the secret of who we really are or even waiting, cautiously, to see how much of our true self is safe to expose, takes time and energy away from learning. If children are encouraged to honor who they are uniquely, they are more apt to honor each other. One way to share our uniquenesses while at the same time discovering similarities is STORYTELLING.