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Storytelling in Education

This group is for storytellers who work in the education field as performing artists, teaching artists, and professional development trainers.

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Comment by Kaye Byrnes on December 1, 2008 at 7:30pm
Please check out the new posting under Events about the 25th anniversary Florida's not to be missed.
Pre-Camp session "Coming Home to Healing" with Elizabeth Ellis...hope to see you all there!
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 30, 2008 at 6:55pm
Hello Everyone;

Please check your freindship request and either accept them or reject them. But please don't let them sit idle. If one hundred people do that, if keeps others from making new friends. Just go to your friends tabs, the little silloettes at the top right of your page, under your name and click it. I expect if you haven't found it by now... you may have many pending new friends.

Just a tip.
Comment by Storyteller Joe Paris on September 19, 2008 at 2:33pm
article about storytelling education :

Back to School: Explorers, Adventurers Wanted!

By: Storyteller Joe Paris

To students of all ages about to go back to school or start schooling or learning of one kind or another: you’re in the midst of one of the most exciting times for storytelling in your life right now.

It’s a time filled with unlimited opportunity for you to be storytelling explorers and adventurers, if you will only summon your natural curiosity, show enthusiasm, act with respect, and take responsibility in your quest for gathering and then sharing (through storytelling) knowledge.

The treasures you can find while on this adventure called "education" are many and varied, but the greatest prizes are what you discover about yourself and what you share with others.

Because I have spent lots of time in schools, both as a student and as a teacher, I have formed my own theory on how to get the most out of this experience we call “education,” and storytelling is a central part of it!

Here’s what you need:

• Curiosity. This is the cornerstone of all quality education. Without curiosity, we are mere place-holders, whiling away the time, waiting to die.

With curiosity, all worlds open up to us for exploration and high adventure. We are all born with this wonderful trait. Just watch a child. The trick is not letting curiosity slip into idle curiosity.

The difference is crucial, and the true student will follow those feelings of wonder - such as “I wonder why airplanes fly?” - with a willingness to work at solving the why.

In the example used, studying the principles of aerodynamics as applied to flight is the response of a true student. And then sharing what you’ve learned through storytelling brings the process full circle by inspiring curiosity in others!

Letting the process stop (rather than start) with that curious question is the mark of a dilettante, someone whose claim of being a student is as shallow as their understanding of what the word "student" really means.

Curiosity can be taught, and once unleashed, is heuristic in nature: It motivates and leads to other learning experiences. Curiosity only kills stupid or lazy cats, not lively, smart ones who know that once curiosity is piqued, you get an urge to peek, then learning peaks.

• Respect. True students feel respect for themselves, their teachers, their classmates, and the subjects studied, and make the effort to consistently show it.

Respect is born out of humility and the resulting realization that we all have much to learn, so let’s apply ourselves toward that end. Then, let’s share it through storytelling.

Respect for your subject of study comes when you accurately determine its power and importance and then give it the time and effort necessary to understand it.

A lack of respect means you spend little time or effort trying to master the subject and shows you do not even realize how powerful and important education is.

Lack of respect is what really kills you and a lot of other “cats,” not curiosity.

Basic manners are a good barometer of respect. If a student is polite, considerate of others, and optimistic, that indicates the presence of respect.

A lack of respect is contagious, because it’s easier to be negative and selfish, and pathogens are lazy, always following the path of least resistance (ask any doctor).

Successful storytelling explorers and adventurers respect their environment (the classroom and school), their guides (the teachers), their subjects, their fellow explorers (classmates), but most of all themselves.

• Responsibility. You are ultimately the only one responsible for your education and storytelling.

You will benefit from it. You will suffer for the lack of it. You will always wish you had more of it. Ask anyone now out of school.

No teacher, no parent, no friend, no subject can truly be held responsible for you not getting the most out of your education. Only you.

A fierce determination deep in your heart and mind and soul will ultimately make the difference for you as you explore and discover, invent and create, stumble and recover your way, along this great adventure in life called education.

Take the responsibility.

• Knowledge. That’s what those other three of curiosity, respect, and responsibility can add up to, if applied with the zeal and discipline of an explorer. But knowledge is just the start.

Applying knowledge with wisdom is the real goal of education and in many cases, the storytelling that accompanies it.

When stumped by a particularly difficult challenge this year, just ask yourself: “What would an ‘A’ student do in these circumstances?”

If you don’t know that answer, ask a teacher. They’re hired to be good guides. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

My Uncle Mose Bernard - our family\’s greatest storyteller and cheerleader for getting more education - once told me that it takes 5,000 mistakes to become an educated storyteller. Get busy.

(c) 2003, 2008 NewsSouth and Storyteller Joe Paris.
Comment by Anastasia Ortenzio on May 1, 2008 at 8:19am
I was a teacher for emigrated people(adults). I teach them french language by the stories of the world. In France, teachers are now used to call storyteller in their class-rooms. I often help children to increase their imagination by listening stories. Then they create stories. I also have shows for babies. In "Cabaret-contes" I introduce stories, music, songs, poetry and clown... I train nurses (les nounous ou les taties) to tell stories... I hope you understad my SO BAD ENGLISH!!!! but this is communication also.... smile!
Comment by Ramona King on April 29, 2008 at 11:04am
I'm looking forward to communications with this group. The education system continues to change with specific needs that come with the changes. I believe our various ways to accommodate this will be of benefit to our profession and audiences. Let's talk! -RK
Comment by Muriel Horowitz on April 7, 2008 at 10:12pm
I'm excited about being in this group. I'm hoping it will motivate me to get things together to do more in-school work. After about 28 years of teaching, I retired from the classroom for a short time. Now, I teach 4 half days in another district as a reading/writing support teacher and have a chance to bring storytelling to some of the younger classes in my school. This school is hiring me to do a full day program for 3,4,and 5 grades. I'll be doing stories related to Earth Day and incorporating some interactive storytelling activities into each group's session. Any ideas about developing this program would certainly be appreciated.
Also, I'll be doing a local PTA regional showcase at the end of May. Any thoughts on how to give a sense of what I'd do in a workshop or residency during a 15 minute "performance" slot?

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