M.O. O. S. E (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts).
Wed. May 9, 2018
Portland Public Library
Congress St. Portland, ME
7:00-8:00 Open Mic
8:00-8:45 MEET MY FAMILY
Phyllis Blackstone presents her newest program about the interesting life in a large family.
CORNER HOUSE INN
CENTER SANDWICH, NH
Dinner & Storytelling
About 6:30 (come for dinnr first)
MEET MY FAMILY
Phyllis Blacksne presents her newest program about interesting life in a large family.
On these two Sundays I will be presenting sacred stories of faith at two churches in Maine: the Hartford, ME community church at 367 Church St at 9:00 a.m. and the Leeds, ME community church at 123 Church Hill Road at 10:30 a.m.
I love to share stories wherever I am. I love to hear stories wherever I am. I love the stories of how people get connected and the pathways they travel to pursue their life's work and play. Storytelling requires a minimum of two humans--a teller and a listener. Any others who are present create an audience. Let's get together to share stories at your kitchen table, the coffee shop, the library, the park, your place of worship or your garden. Contact me.
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.