I attended some wonderful sessions at the Teachers for Tomorrow Conference
hosted by the Golden Apple Foundation on Saturday. One session that really inspired me was called Audience Participation in Storytelling
by Rives Collins
. He demonstrated how to tell a story that encourages the audience to participate with their voice, ideas, body language, and imagination all the while creating an atmosphere of fun, respect, and engagement.
Below is one of the 5 stories he told. I believe it is called, Long Red Fingernails. I did my best to remember it so that I can share this (not so) spooky story with my students. It has lots of repetition that invites the audience to tell the story along with me. I drew this picture on my iPad to help set the spooky tone. I left much to the imagination.
I snapped this photo of Rives Collins after the workshop. He had a wonderful way of dignifying everyone's contributions to his participatory workshop. This made it not only "safe" to volunteer a response to a question or jump into a story, but his reaction to your input made you feel heard, appreciated, and even clever. I want to remember what it felt like to be in the role of student under a teacher who made everyone feel so...so...special? That doesn't really describe it well, but I can't explain it better than that. One of my take aways is to try to be more like Rives: a teacher who makes his students want to participate, engage, and simply try their best.
My visual notes from Rives Collins' Keynote Address
I have a couple other posts that relate to this one. Click on the spooky landscape to see the lesson my second graders are doing now. I plan on sharing the Long Red Fingernails story with them. Also, click on the theater games link to see some of my adaptations.
Spooky Landscape Lesson (click to view)
Theater Games for Art (click to view)
There is no way I can keep up with the all the new apps out there. I started downloading suggested apps and left them untested on my iPad. A few of these included Tangled FX
, Adobe Ideas
, and 123D Creature
. But everyday my PLN introduces me to something else, so I can't keep up. But, here are a few I finally tried and think they are worth investigating for your classroom uses:
Tellagami is so simple that kindergarteners will make movies in 5 minutes.
Drawn in Adobe Ideas app on iPad. The ink tool has a great illustration look.
Click the image to view my TouchCast interactive video tutorial
Now, this movie isn't an app but it's SO worth sharing. It makes me laugh every time:)