Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Finishing One Story and Looking Forward to Begin Another - SOL 2021

I am currently taking the workshop in the image above. Cherylann Schmidt is an amazing instructor who is helping me make sense of Practioner Inquiry and the stories that can be gleaned from the work we do with our Scholars.

At the beginning of each session, we spend some time in our notebooks responding to a question related to the data we have collected. This past week, she asked two very simple questions.

  • Where did we come from?
  • Where are we going?
I'm not sure how much thought I gave to either of the questions before I started writing. Below is what came to mind.
  • We came from a place of questioning...our practice, our effort, our impact, our purpose.
  • We are headed toward understanding and revelation. - toward the ability to identify the stories our Scholars tell.

I know what you're thinking. Your responses are as simple as the questions. You might not be wrong. 

But, when I weigh my responses against the practioner I strive to be every year for every group of Scholars I have the privilege of teaching, those words carry a lot of weight; a weight I hope I can carry year after year.


  1. Your responses sounded very reflective and deeply to the point. Love the passion for teaching in this slice.

  2. I love how seemingly simple the two questions are, but when I actually think about it, the answers are so foundational. Hoping continued understanding and revelation as you continue the class! :)

  3. Questioning is a great place to come from, Donnetta. I love that. It builds reflective, critical thinkers.

    A worthy goal--Understanding, revelation, and identifying stories. Wow. Sounds like a great course.

  4. I love your responses, Donnetta. I think those seemingly simply statements promote deep thinking and reflection. It's an incredibly valuable use of time!