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Live a Great Story

Live a Great Story

Live a Great StoryOn day one, I presented the incoming company members with the directive, Live a Great Story.

I simply asked, “What does this mean to you?” Their responses, so authentic and introspective, launch our year-long journey of discovery.

“Write my story.”
― Eugene

“I want to live my life like a story, make it beautiful and amazing. I want my life to be as clean as the Earth after rain. I want to make good decisions and be a good example.”
― Evelyn

“Follow your heart. Nobody can tell you what you can or can’t do. If you make a mistake, it’s okay. The good thing instead of giving up, is that you learn from your mistakes.”
― Belinda

“Be YOU and live your life.”
― Jonathan

“It is your life. No one can tell you how to live it because there are no instructions.”
― Emanuel

“You have to trust your mind and heart.”
― Alexa

“Life is kind of like your book and every day is a new page in your book.”
― Katelyn

“I can do better.”
― Natalie

“Live a happy life as beautiful as you want it to be. Nobody can stop your imagination. Keep on going, be strong and believe in yourself.”
― Lindsey

“Having fun and not having something bad happen.”
― Mark

“Change what you did in the past and make it better.”
― Iyannah

“Live your dreams.”
― Enrique

“If your life is hard, try to do something that makes you happy.”
― Sofia

Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 28 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the learning experiences and opportunities of students and their families. Fifteen years ago she had an experience that changed her life and altered her professional path in a profound way. She attended training sessions at The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, spent nine intense days living the process of creating an original opera and learned how to replicate the experience with her students. She then began creating opera with her students and using the process of creating the opera as a vehicle through which to teach curriculum and life skills. The authentic purpose for learning coupled with the arts provided the perfect stage on which to construct a love for life-long learning. She currently teaches at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland where she is creating another original opera with her third grade students. Read more of Mary Ruth's blog Learning for Real.

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2 Responses to “Live a Great Story”

  1. On September 7, 2016 at 10:06 am Cindy Duryea responded with... #

    Wow! If this is the BEGINNING of the school year, I can’t WAIT to hear from these kiddos at the end!

  2. On September 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm Oscar A. Quiroa responded with... #

    This is such a wonderful experience for my daughter, Natalie, and the rest of her classmates. I am super excited to hit the ground running and being involved with her during each step!! Thank you and we look forward to working with the class, and Ms. McGinn, throughout the year :o)




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