As a certified Drama teacher in New York State (yes, there IS certification for it!) and as a Teaching Artist, I have used Storytelling in my classrooms for years. It’s part of my creative make-up, and it is part of the performing arts.It has been an extremely effective educational tool, as it has so many levels to reach, engage, and enables good things in students. Storytelling is not just the teacher reading a picture book to the students and then getting some responses from them. It IS part of it, but, again, it’s so much more.
Storytelling in Arts-In-Education fosters:
- Public Speaking
- Creative Thought
- Critical Thinking
- Reading Skills
- Communication Skills
- Critiquing etiquette (see Critique: Doug Lipman and Liz Lerman)
- Writing Skills
- Making Connections
- Provides a different pathway into core curricula
I’ve only given you the top reasons. There is still so much more that storytelling can add to a classroom lesson. A great book to look into is Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom.
I have seen so much growth over the years in my students, whether I saw them over a long period of time or just once. You can see that moment when they get it, when it really clicks for them. It’s personal growth, life lessons, as well as the educational, assessment driven part of the process.
I’ve used storytelling in my process dramas, in Storytelling Clubs, Festivals in schools, presentations at student conferences, creative writing, and more.
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