The Worst Story Ever Told

Brian’s Horrible No Good Story In the Spring of 2015 I went on a week long road trip with some of my college buddies to a literature conference a couple states away.  About halfway through the road trip, when the novelty of being with friends twenty-four hours a day had begun to wear off, we […]

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Are good endings really the end of the story?

BEYOND WHAT A STORY NEEDS IN ORDER TO BE,  WHAT DOES A STORY NEED IN ORDER TO BE GOOD? For a story to be good, it needs to have a good ending.  And yet who defines that? Is it the storyteller or the story receiver?  Let’s start with the storyteller.   In her comedic presentation “Nanette”, […]

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Fostering Storytelling ideas going forth!

Fostering storytelling identities in my students will begin in my seventh-grade classroom with a lesson very similar to our narrative assignment that needed to have voiceovers.  I feel that about a third of my students or so come to my class with some background in iMovie, but do not have much exposure to narration and […]

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Teacher…Listener….

Have you ever tried to cancel “Show-and-Tell” in an elementary classroom? If you have, you’ll understand when I say, all students have stories to tell, and most students LOVE to tell them. It’s truly one of the highlights of the week for some students. Taking this enthusiasm for story telling and transferring it to the […]

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Reflection

These questions are hard for me because unlike all of you, I have yet to be a teacher. I’ve been a paraprofessional and I’ve been a teachers assistant in college, but I don’t have the same qualifications. I’m on my own road trip beginnings. It’s hard because even though I have this degree, many jobs […]

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Interview with Kat Geuea

Kat’s story really impacted me as I thought it was so realistic. It definitely had me thinking that Alaska because of its isolation is pretty safe from epidemics, such as the current Measles breakout in the lower 48. So I thought about how interesting Kat’s plot and was glad I got to interview her. I was […]

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Outdoor Education. In Alaska? An Interview with Erika Horn

When I read Erika’s about outdoor education—in Alaska?!—I was intrigued.  I can see the value of more self-directed learning/unstructured play for elementary aged children, and the “apprenticeship” aspect of learning a trade or career for high school students.  Holding classes outdoors can also teach skills, such as caring for or helping others, teamwork and leadership, […]

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