|Very tall 10th grader learning his story!|
The grade I was working with was 6th, and they got it. We had fun, and they learned a lot, an awful lot, in the four days I had with them. And really it was three days as the fourth day was practice, coaching, and dress rehearsal.
|Helping a 4th grade student with her story|
Quite often the students broke into pairs and we made sure that the kids were working with people they did not normally work with. This made them work a little better, I thought, or maybe just differently! Some students really did not want to tell at the performance. Same rules applied though. As long as they could tell their section, it was all good.
There is never enough time for everyone to tell a piece of the story at a performance. That is one thing that is different to chorus, music, drumming, dance. In those mediums, all the kids get to play together. With storytelling, only one person performs at a time.
|My wonderful 6th graders, photo courtesy of Mike Munhall mikemunhallphotos.com|
with teachers Ms. Spaulding and Ms. Shaw top left, the other incredible AIR teacher,
Jasmine Shah in the middle, me at back
|Aritst in Residence and dance instructor,|
Jasmine Shah, and myself
The first performance was in front of the whole school: 1st - 12th grade. It was great. Some nerves, but most of the kids, who during practice were reciting words as if in a play, started to loosen up and use new words and expressions. They all did such a great job. When it came to the evening performance with the parents and siblings it got even better. The students were relaxed and had a fun time with it. My last instruction before the night began - to mostly have fun out there - seemed to pay off!
The best part of teaching people to tell stories, whether it is part of an epic, a story about winter, or a personal story or business story, is seeing folks grow and become confident. The other best part is getting thank-you notes afterwards! It warms me to the heart!
If you want me to come to your school, or business and teach storytelling, visit my website, and get in touch! I do work with businesses, schools, colleges and communities.
simon at diamondscree dot com
It was a wonderful residency. I share an office space with our District Literacy Coach and was just telling her how much learning occurred during your residency. Our students learned more in those four days about the elements of a story that I ever would have imagined.
- Patti Osgood, Community Outreach Coordinator