As time goes by and we keep trying, we learn more and more to trust and allow ourselves during class to allow angels to push us from behind. We feel instructed by our own inner guidance and we learn to follow along when neat things happen. We need to be open to the inherent creativity of the process, while we let the kids show us what genius they possess inside.
Anyone who has done this work for awhile talks about the astounding creativity of their kids. They comment on how dumb kids used to look before, how thick their minds seemed, but, now, they can’t believe how these same students, all of a sudden, possess tremendous creativity, and such fine and developed senses of humor.
Loving attention to inner guidance, to the angels pushing us from behind, doesn’t fit with the old model of teaching, but it is necessary if working with stories is to work for us. If we insist on working with our kids from a place of control, our classes will become frenetic, sad, and may even cause us to think of quitting and going back to the old Great Sadness – memorization and worksheets.
Teachers who haven’t experienced the lofty uplifting feeling of a good story would never believe any of this – they would try, even, to find flaws in storytelling. Bless their hearts. It’s like trying to find something wrong with Bernie Sanders.