Shared Experience 61:365

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There is something special about being a part of a group all pulling for the same goal. While the experience I shared was not an educational one, it inspired me to think about the value of a shared experience.

During the summer I work at a bar/Restaurant. Tonight was the USA World Cup game against Portugal. At my place of summer work, there were easily 1,000 people cramming into the building to watch the event. The collective group shared highs and lows in a way that would otherwise make no sense.

Why? Ultimately, I believe it is because Americans have a deep rooted desire to see anything American do well. There is a collective identity that runs deep within the group.

The ultimate question then, how do we create shared experiences within our school community that build the kind of collective identity for our schools?

Please share your thoughts and ideas… I will be posting mine in my next blog!

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One thought on “Shared Experience 61:365

  1. I think doing something together as a class, grade level, or school that helps others is always a good place to start, and I want to implement more of these experiences next year. Each fall our grade level participates in Meals from the Heartland – we go downtown to a convention hall & package small bagged meals that are sent to people in our state, country, and around the world. At Christmas, we encourage the students to do extra chores for family & friends and we collect their change. The money is used to sponsor a few families with holiday gifts and meals. The students even wrap the gifts (not perfectly of course). Even the small things – such as having a “theme” for the school year can help tie students together in a bonding way across grade levels and classrooms. It doesn’t change the world, but it’s a start!

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