All are invited to the annual gathering of the MAINE STORYTELLING MUSTER at 61 Pleasant St, Waterville, ME. As the Coordinator I am pleased to invite you to the Friday evening showcase to benefit the Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter. Then join us on Sat. from 10:00-4:30 for workshops, lunch and the storytelling swap. Check out the facebook page at www.facebook.com/mainemuster/.
I am pleased to be telling some stories at the White Mountain Storytelling Festival in Waterville Valley, NH. Come for the ghost stories on Friday night and stay through the sacred stories on Sunday. You'll be entertained the whole week-end! Check out the website at the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance.
I will thoroughly enjoy telling stories to young elementary children at the afternoon story time at the Patten Public Library in Bath, ME at 4:00. I have some fun stories with participatory activities all ready! It will be like teaching in the classroom again!
SAT, NOV. 18, 2017 TELLEBRATION (somewhere near Stamford, CT--Details later.)
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.