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um, so it's great to be with you guys, my name is Natalie again. So, um we have an agenda to go through this small group and it is on page 22, so if everyone wants to turn over to page 22, I'm going to walk through the agenda and it would be really helpful if just in all of these times to have someone helping by keeping me on time, so can I just ask someone to be time keeper for this session, this small group session, thanks Kevin. So, Kevin if you can put maybe 5 minutes on the clock for me right now, five minutes? In these first five minutes we are going to go through the agenda, I'd love everyone to say just their names quickly so we can know who we are working with and I can call you all by names, that makes me really happy. And then we can set any additional norms, if any, that need to be said about how we work in a group together. um and after that I am going to share my two minute story of self as an example and then each of us is gonna go the first time. You're gonna work on a story of self, you may want to think about why your call to address the issue you wrote about in the position papers and why your call to address education challenges in general and then we will do 2 minute practice narrative scenarios and 3 minute coaching. And then at the end we will decide who from this really amazing group is willing to go and model for everyone. So why don't we start with everyone's names. Let's do names and hometowns. Um, Katherine. Veronica. Where did you go to high school? Albany. Where did you go? Stratford. Kevin uhhh, grew up in Pasadena, California, but I moved here from Denver, Colorado. My name is Kristen Wong from Manhasset, Massachusetts but I actually moved to Harvard from Hawaii. My name is Jeff Carlson I grew up in Council, Idaho. How far from Boise? 2 hours away. And so you were just home then. In San Diego? I haven't lived there for 20 years. I was living in Oakland, like the bay area. Interesting. I think it’s very true what Marshall says, that this work gives you different kinds of eyes for seeing, any of our experiences when you go home. So, What about norms? Are there any norms that you want to add to the list? Anything that you want to sometimes, when you're working in a small group, one of the things is we are going to be interrupting people in their stories so there's a good kind of norm about how we do it, we can say stop or have people see your hand raised, what do you all think? So my name is Natalie, like I said, I am from Houston, Texas and I am the oldest of five girls. And I grew up in a pretty normal southern family. We went to church every Sunday and my parents were still married, um we had a nice red brick house with a lawn and a fence. But, inside that strong house things were really crumbling. My dad was depressed, is still depressed and so didn't have a job my whole life and instead chose to try to make some money gambling. When you have five kids and two parents who didn't go to college, we grew up a lot of the time just getting by. So I treasured the points of stability I had in my life. And one of those was my grandmother. My dad's mom, whose name is Elaine, and she's just, whenever we'd go to her house there was always fresh food in the oven and it was warm, and she had slippers and robes for us. It was always such a great time to visit her. She would take me to her job, and she was a teacher. I would get to grade papers with her, and write on the chalkboard and watch her teach. I wanted to be just like her, so when I graduated from college I became a teacher. And I worked in a seventh grade classroom for kids who have autism. And I loved my kids. I wanted to spend my time nurturing them and taking care of them but I felt really frustrated because there were so many times where I felt that the students needed something that I wasn't able to give them. And one time in specific, I remember a kid was having what we call an incident with his behavior and he was really upset and he was angry, and the teacher who was supporting me or on top of me who was teaching me who I was modeling after came over and said 'we really can't address that we just need to get the science worksheets and the coloring and we got to get this because we have these assessments in the next few days' and I found that pattern over and over again, that I couldn't pay attention to their needs because of this overarching system that I felt like was really broken. Instead of staying and fixing it, I chose to leave my teaching job, and since then I became an organizer, and I'm really excited to be here today because I see such a connection between organizing's ability to change systems and the way teaching is kind of stuck and I'm excited to hear about all the ways you guys might unstuck it. So what challenges did you hear about in that story? Well one of them was really was culturally ignorance and then the other one was looking through the ultimate challenge of not having a geographic home. And I couldn't figure out if the figuring out how to facilitate the community leadership without a home was a challenge or a choice? So you said the first challenge was very clear, cultural ignorance, gave a very clear experience of that, which is what? Right. So the second challenge that he talks about is not having a home, did y'all see a clear experience about that? I wondered whether it was a choice or I couldn't tell if it was the potential choices were none of them were desirable or if literally there were no choices? So if you were going to use your norm to assume the best, so this is the best, the biggest challenge you understand, what question would you ask him right now? So, my question, look, if you could imagine a home, what would it look like and where could it exist? Quite simply I missed sharing, but I moved a lot. That's really helpful. That's kind of like another personal challenge at the beginning. Are there places where you don't feel at home? Mmm that's a great question. So this value of kind of belonging, so you heard this one place where you felt where he belong which was where? With his family. With his family, exactly. Do you remember the ages of the kids? Four and eight, Look, I don't have it written down, but look it sticks with us so much when we use numbers like that, but we have to move kind of quickly because I kind of messed us up on time and I want us to make sure we get through everyone, but I think this idea of value of belonging and home in really looking at is when it didn't happen and what it would look like if it did happen in time. Thank you so much.

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Posted by: brianjhertz on Jul 7, 2015

Natalie coaching story of self

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