A teacher can hide behind a book and tell a story in an original way.
there are ways a teacher can tell a story
through memory and using prompts to engage children in the experience.
Everyone is a story teller and use prior experiences to do this. We tell stories on a daily basis and it will be beneficial for children to experience quality storytelling as it will support them in the future.
Oral story telling can support teachers in adding their own ideas/thoughts regarding characters/plot and also express their emotions about this. This can then lead to children questioning similar aspects which will support their comprehension skills.
The process could use puppets, the children as characters or objects that symbolise themes.
The teacher can use their voice to alter characteristics of the characters and this will engage the children as the teacher could add humour is necessary, which will engage the children.
Ability to tell a story using their imagination is a skill for children
Story telling is about sharing
- not just a story but opinions, views, emotions and experiences.
- There needs to be a connection between reader and listener – therefore is a teacher is reading a book directly this may be a barrier to the connection.
- as well as, if the connection is apparent the children will then be developing listening skills.
- children can also engage with call and response to engage them fully
Children could practice this with a traditional fairy tale or stories and morals, as well using their experiences or work they have written themselves. instead of children reading their work from their book in a plenary, why not let the children tell the class orally as they could expand their ideas and is a prime opportunity for assessment.
When children are telling a story from a book they need to make it their own, this is because it will develop their thoughts about the original and also imagination.
Children need support in how to tell a story from memory and a way to begin this process is good modelling. Then resources such as story cards or jigsaws could be used to help children with storytelling.
I believe this style of teaching supports motivating children (TS1) as well as planning adapted sessions to meet the children’s needs (TS4 and TS5). For instance if a english reading session may begin to be tedious the teacher could alter this to meet the needs and motivate the children.
I would like to use this approach in the future as I believe it is an engaging approach and also interesting and fun. I also believe it can be used throughout the whole of the school as it can be used with a variety of books.