The Hero’s Journey of an Elementary School Student

Claudia St. Amour of Birmingham Schools decided to approach the Hero’s Journey Competition from a different angle.  She conducted a school-wide exercise explaining the hero’s journey model to her students and then challenging them to set off on their own journeys at school.  Some of those students submitted their journeys, so I’ve published them below.

The first, from Alex. P is the random winner of the prize package.  The prizes are going out on Monday.

Alex P.

The Mundane World

My mundane world is in school. Every day I had the same routine. I had only 4 or 5 friends. I felt like I needed more friends. I didn’t know how to get them. I was concerned that a lot of people, including me, did not have many friends. Some people did not have any.

The Call To Adventure

One day, our counselor came to our classroom and told us that we were going to go on a hero’s journey. I was afraid. What if it didn’t work? Our counselor said we would choose something that we were concerned about in Bingham Farms, and that we would have to work hard to change it and change ourselves. I thought hard, and eventually decided to get myself more friends, and create more friendships. I did this because I wanted to know that I had more than 2 or 3 friends. I was happy about the decision I had made.

Crossing the Threshold

To take the journey, I was going to need kindness to my new friends, friendship with them, reputation to know what my new friends will think of me, empathy to understand what they will think, patience with my new friends, and hard work towards my new goal. My first step was to invite someone new to play with me at recess. I started after band. I invited one of the girls who plays clarinet with me to play with me and my friend at recess. We played on and behind the snow mounds. We all enjoyed it and had lots of fun.

The Path of Trials

During my Path of Trials, I made many of my friendships stronger. I talked to three people on the bus who weren’t my close friends. On the bus also, I sat with new people. At lunch recess, I played with new people and sat with new people in the lunch room. After doing only a couple of these, I started to get worried that my friends would get mad that I wasn’t playing with them, or my new friends wouldn’t like me. I decided it was better to keep on trying. I continued to make new friends and stronger friendships.

The Master of Both Worlds

My hero’s journey has changed me because now I am trying to make new friends all the time, and a lot of people are my friends. My world at Bingham has changed because there are more people that are my friends. I see things differently because there are more people I will play with at recess. I am very happy I went on my hero’s journey because now I have more friends.

Stephanie J.

The Mundane World

My Mundane world is school.  Usually around school you might see bullying and don’t do anything about it. I want to change the bullying problem.

The Call To Adventure

Teachers are challenging me to fix the bullying problem, rather than thinking about it. I going to at least try.

Crossing the Threshold

I will need effort, positive attitude, perseverance, faith, confidence and courage. Now I’ll start my journey.

The Path of Trials

I’m afraid that I might get bullied by the person who is bullying the person I’m trying to defend or I’ll try to stop a bullying problem someone will come and think I was apart of the fight. I would just have to talk myself still into going and at least trying to stop the fight or explain to the person what is happening.

The Master of Both Worlds

An example of one bullying problem I fixed was this boy took another boy’s toy and wouldn’t give it back so I asked him politely to and he did. So that’s how I changed my school with my act of kindness. But, I will still keep my eye out for bullying.

Lindsay H.

The Mundane World

My mundane world is having people who don’t have friends and are not being played with. This concerns me.

The Call To Adventure

My call to adventure is our school counselor coming to us and inviting us on a hero`s journey.

Crossing the Threshold

The first step I took from crossing the threshold was talking to people who don’t have friends.

The Path of Trials

During the path of trials I played and talked with people who needed someone.

The Master of Both Worlds

After my hero’s journey I felt I helped a lot of people.

Amith D.

The Mundane World

I am concerned that they will be many kids teasing other kids.  I will be the hero of my own journey by telling them to stop bullying.

The Call To Adventure

I feel worried because I found out kids are getting bullied more than often so I’m going to try to stop it.

Crossing the Threshold

I will need faith, self-control and respect to stand up to the bully

The Path of Trials

I had to argue with some of my friends because they were friends with the bully – that almost made me quit.

The Master of Both Worlds

After I talked to the bully he stopped bullying people and my friend said thank you. That was enough to influence me to do it again if I need to.

Abby S.

The Mundane World

My mundane world is my school, Bingham Farms. This is the problem: when you say something or say hi then the person talks about you to a friend right in front of you.

The Call To Adventure

My call to adventure is my friends and my peers. I feel proud that I am doing the right thing. I want to change how people act to others.

Crossing the Threshold

The character traits it took me to do this is positive attitude, kindness, hard work, and courage.

The Path of Trials

The challenges were people saying, “you’re mean” and saying, “I am telling on you” and also saying, “shut up – you don’t know what you’re talking about”.

The Master of Both Worlds

I have changed my school by standing up for people and saying, “stop, that is not right”.

2 Responses to The Hero’s Journey of an Elementary School Student

  1. Dori Gehling April 14, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Thank you for sharing these stories. Even feeling vulnerable and in the face of fear, they moved forward to make a difference in someone’s life…..and positively impacted their own at the same time!

    • Matt April 14, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      They were really great to read as they came in. Wonderful vision from these kids.