S2 Episode 10:
Uncovering Our Narratives Pt. 1
November 10, 2020
Jessie Gebauer &
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Jessie: There are no words to describe how excited I am to introduce our guest for all of November! Lexi Walsh is my dear friend that I met at a Breathe for Change yoga teacher training in Washington DC in 2018. After the two week training, it felt like we had known each other for our entire lives. Honestly, after the first 2 or 3 days, it felt that way. Crazy intense personal growth work with a group of people will do that!
Lexi is a 2nd-grade teacher in Maryland. Her classroom is a magical place. Every time I see a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head leading mindfulness or helping with a science experiment, I send Lexi a message letting her know that I’m enrolling in her class so she can be my teacher.
Lexi just completed her Master’s Degree in Equity and Excellence in Education. I’ve had the honor to go through training with Lexi where she led us through an analysis of our own biases and limiting beliefs. She is a wealth of knowledge. Which is why she’s here today!
Lexi will be leading us through a 5-part series on uncovering and writing our own narratives throughout the month of November. As Lexi teaches, Joel and I will be taking the action steps alongside you. We’ll share our thoughts and ideas to help you go through the process with us. Remember true change only happens with action.
All right Lexi! We’re ready for you!
The WHY Behind Our Narratives
Lexi: So often we forget to take the time to hear the stories of those around us or even listen to our own stories. When we do hear stories, it is usually the narrative of one person or one dominant group of people. Our lives have been shaped by the stories we hear in school, throughout our childhood, and growing up whether through the media, social "norms" or books/magazines. Our lives continue to be shaped by the stories we hear and allow the world to continue telling.
But what if we shared our stories so that we could learn from one another. What if we became so confident in our own story that we knew how to better navigate the world? What if we put enough stories together to help change the stories that are told over and over again in the school systems.
I am an early childhood educator on a mission to break down a system that is doing exactly what it was built to do- tell the stories of the dominant culture, favor certain groups of students, only see the world from one lens, and to cripple the genius that may be inside of our students simply because it does not fit the narrative that the dominant culture wants to be told.
I teach my students about the lives of different heroes who may look like them, relate to them, or inspire them. I can not do this work alone without a better understanding of the many narratives of the world around me.
See Lexi's narrative attached below.
Start thinking about your experience and how they’ve impacted your narrative. Over the next five weeks, we’ll be looking at 3 different pillars- race, gender, and identity. Start thinking about those pillars and how they’ve molded you and your story.