Storytelling Workshop

Storytelling Workshop

Storytelling is a universal and traditional art form that has featured strongly as an effective communication tool. It is often used as a medium to in grain values, improving reading skills and opening minds of children to worlds beyond imagination.
A virtual webinar was organized for the Pre-Primary and Grade I to V teachers of all the three branches of DSE on 12th June’ 2021 on the Zoom platform. The purpose of the webinar was to make the teachers aware of the importance of ‘Storytelling’ and its impact on the cognitive development of the children.
The webinar was attended by the Academic Director Ms. Shashikala, Coordinators – Ms. Malathi, Ms.Vandana Srivastava, Ms. Kavita, Ms. Sugra and Ms. Farzana. All the Pre-Primary and Grade 1-5 teachers of the three branches attended the webinar to get an in-depth insight into the ‘Art of Great Storytelling’.
The topic of the webinar was : ‘Get Storied’ conducted by Ms. Saswati Nanda Satpathy, who is an Early Literacy Specialist and a certified Storyteller, with an aim to increase the happiness quotient of children by passionate and powerful performance in storytelling. She has a rich experience of eighteen years in the field of teaching and training. She is an International Synthetic Phonics Trainer and is associated with over 130 schools of national and international repute across the length and breadth of the country.
The session started with a presentation on the ‘Importance of Stories’ and how they can instil values, virtues and ignite imagination in the minds of the children. According to the speaker Ms.Satpathy, storytelling engages nine intelligences of a child. The webinar also threw some light on how to select the right story based on the age, knowledge base, cultural and economic background of the audience. It gave an insight into the various elements of the story like character, settings, plot, conflict and resolution which are critical for every story.
Ms. Saswati further stressed on embellishing the characters and the settings of the story by means of voice modulation, props, songs, music etc.
Overall, it was an enlightening session which powered the teachers with minute techniques of storytelling and how every teacher can explore and become a great storyteller. The teachers could develop a deep understanding of the concept of storytelling and its tremendous impact on the learning of the children and the benefits that can be reaped in the long run.
The takeaways of the webinar were the art of storytelling, using imagination, voice modulation, writing down the story for a smooth session, using simple props to enhance and embellish the characters and the settings. It was nothing less than attaining ‘Nirvana’ in the field of storytelling.

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