Author: Daren Dickson
As I watched Jamal present his Life Story in his 6th grade pride circle, I was struck not so much by the quality of the content or structure of his presentation–on paper, those elements probably would not have received a high grade–but by the impact he was having on the other boys. They were giving him their full attention. Most were wiggling their fingers at him like crazy—at our schools that’s a way to silently send love or support—and connection was palpable. What, exactly, was he bringing into the room and how was he doing it?