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The Counter Narrative Podcast E14: Pause to Ponder – Do One Thing

The Counter Narrative Podcast E14: Pause to Ponder – Do One Thing

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Welcome to the Counter Narrative Podcast, a show designed to change the way we talk, and think, about education. By sharing stories of successes and triumphs, we aim to challenge the dominant narrative that often negatively portrays our disenfranchised populations.

I’m your host, Charles Williams. An educator for 15 years, a current school principal, and an educational consultant.

In this word of chaos, it is easy to become overwhelmed. It is easy to look around at all that needs to be done and be tempted to give up or burn yourself out by tackling so much that nothing gets accomplished. I know because this is how I felt not too long ago. As I listened to stories of racial tensions across the country, as I received conflicting guidelines about how to keep me and my family safe, as my phone was consistently providing me the latest updates yet providing no answers or guidance, I found myself in a dark place. I was burnt out. I cared but I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to move forward.

I recorded this episode because I figured that there are many out there who feel the same way. Maybe you have found your way out or maybe you are on the brink of collapsing. Either way, this episode is for you.

Allow yourself the luxury of doing just one thing. Find that one thing that is both important and that you can control. Start small.

We know that successes, no matter how small, flood our systems with dopamine, a feel good chemical. That encourages us to take another step in pursuit of another success. And the system continues. The problem is when we devote our time and energy to those things that we cannot control and thus never experience success.

Remember this, small successes turn into monumental accomplishments.

Charles Williams has served in urban education for 15 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal while working with students in grades PK - 12. He has developed innovative programs and structures that have resulted in successful schools in both Indiana and Illinois. He has also presented and spoken at numerous events. Charles is the founder of CW Consulting, an Educational Consulting Group, the host of the Counter Narrative Podcast, and the host of Real Educators Talk, a monthly discussion designed to engage educators in authentic conversations around education.

: www.cwconsultingservice.com

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