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Storytelling festival held at city school

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, Nov 13 - Wild Strawberry in association with Arts4Change presented the �Guwahati International Storytelling Festival� at the Royal Global School here on November 11 and 12, according to a press release issued today.

Five international storytellers exhibited their talent and left the children and teachers awestruck with their lucid and expressive style of storytelling. They included Roger Jenkins and Jumaini Ariff from Singapore, Rona Mentari from Indonesia, Priyanka Chatterjee from India and Giovanna Conforto from Italy.

On the first day the storytellers held sessions with the students from grades 1 to 11 throughout the whole day and narrated age appropriate stories to them. The children could be seen being taken on an emotional journey by the storytellers whereby they emoted with the mood of the story.

On the second day three workshops on storytelling were conducted by the international storytellers. Teachers were simulated about the use of storytelling in different concepts of English, science, mathematics and other languages. They were taught how to involve students in various classroom activities to get their maximum participation. Different ways of teaching topics through stories were discussed.

Hands-on activities were also conducted for the teachers to enable them to have a better understanding of the concepts. Different teaching devices were demonstrated which could arouse curiosity and interest towards learning the subject matter; especially, to remove the fear from the minds of the learners towards science and mathematics.

Teaching methods for different levels of learners and disciplined methods of interaction were discussed. The engaging session was interspersed with short enactments and activities to showcase the power of storytelling in a regular classroom scenario across various subjects.

The storytellers conducted the session in an interactive manner and left the teachers enriched with many new teaching tools which could make classrooms a more conducive learning space. For the primary teachers, focus was mainly on storytelling rather than reading.

The main components of storytelling � plot, setting, characters, problems, resolution and solution were used to weave a strong story. They showed the teachers how to tell stories with music and actions to be more influential in their teaching. The programme was curated by Priyanka Chatterjee, the release added.

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