I will be telling some stories at HARPSWELL DAYS. Follow Rt. 124 South from Brunswick. Stop when you get to the Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell Center. From 12:00-4:00 you will experience life as it was in the olden days in this coastal town. I'm proud to share the story of the Alaskan Cedar Tree planted on the commons by my childhood 4-H club in 1959. (What state was admitted to the Union in 1959?)
I am pleased to be invited once again to share a story at a Sunday morning Sacred Story Service at Fairbanks Church in Farmington, ME (9:00) and North New Portland, ME (11:00). The title of my story is BRING ME YOUR POOR, YOUR HUNBGRY.
Consider yourself invited to OPEN MIC at the Bath UCC Neighborhood Church on the corner of Washington and Center Streets in Bath, ME. A variety of folks gather to enjoy food, music, poetry, dance and, of course, stories. I'll be telling the story of BEAVER AND TURTLE, a fun story from nature that teaches the humans a lesson.
SAT, NOV. 18, 2017 TELLEBRATION : United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave. Rowayton, CT. at 7:00. My story: WHAT'S IN YOUR CART?
SUN. NOV. 19, 2017 COMMUNITY SWAP (my friend Mike's house in Orangeburg, NY)
THURS. FEB 8, 2017 TEACHING STORIES--EXPERIENCES FROM THE CLASSROOM THAT SHAPE OUR TEACHING at the Wisconsin State Reading Assoc, Milwaukee, WI
In my 43 year career in education, as a classroom teacher, a school district administrator and a university professor I had experiences and observed experiences of others that made me a better educator. I've been telling some of those poignant teaching stories for a while now. The stories are important because they provided important universal teaching lessons to me when they happened and later, when I told them to my education students, graduate students and practicing educators. I am always happy to share my teaching stories. They are as important in the 21st century as in the 20th century when my career began.
Every time I share some of my teaching stories, I receive more from educators who have related and poignant stories if their own. With their permission I am including them in my collection. I would love to include a poignant story from your experiences as a teacher from any age, discipline or specialty. You can write the story and give it to me. Or I would be happy to listen to your story, compose a written retelling and put it in my collection with your approval. Think about it. What are the teaching experiences that made you a better teacher? .
As a graduate student I became interested in the role of storytelling in professional development. While I know the importance of district and school goals and availability of professional development programs to reach those goals, I know from first-hand experiences with graduate students and practicing teachers that the use of "restorying" in sharing teaching experiences is a valuable tool in developing more informed teachers and strengthening relationships among educators. I am always honored when I am asked to meet with groups of teachers and teach them this technique that they can use throughout their careers. Let me know if you're interested in knowing more.