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Diary Writing on Role of Story Telling in Learning


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Diary Writing on Role of Story Telling in Learning

  1. 1. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel,but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. —Ursula K. LeGuin Diary Writing on: Role of Story telling in bringing up a child Susmita Pruthi1 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing
  2. 2. 10:29 pm The universe is made of stories, not atoms. —Muriel Rukeyser
  3. 3. Story telling has been one of my favouritepass time with my daughters! It had been avery sacred time for us, a judicious 10-15minutes every night before sleep. I remember, I started with little non sensensical tit-bits when they were just 4-5 months old. They would listen to me with rapt attention and respond with their gurgling sounds, sometimes, giggling, smiling and sometimes kicking or flaying their hands. I would obviously consider this as a kind of response to what I was telling and weave the next sentence accordingly! I was considered a NUT to be talking to new borns! But it helped me carry this tradition on as they continued to grow into their months and years. Of course, there were obvious changes in the form and nature of the story and the level of interaction as suitable for the age.3 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  4. 4. Stories like the Rabbit and the Lion,the Thirsty Crow, the Rabbit and theTortoise, the Monkey and the Crocodile -Panchatantras have been an integralpart of their growing.We moved to other stories including shifting to reading stories fromChampak, Nandan and so on.4 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  5. 5. BY THE WAY, even according to our Indian mythology, the process of educating and moulding process of human being’s character starts right from the womb. An expecting mother better be ready for innumerable advices and dos and don’ts, not only regarding her diet, but also about her other activities, e.g. read religious and other good books and not to read vicious books or to watch violent or sadistic movies. Refer the episode from Mahabharatha, incidentally my knowledge from reading Amar Chitra Katha. Abhimanyu learnt to break the chakra vyu when he was still in his mother’s womb while Arjuna was explaining it to his pregnant wife. But as Lord Krishna called Arjuna, he could not complete the explanation how to come out of it and so Abhimanyu could not learn the secret of getting out of it. I think there are some modern research done that shows that emotions and feelings can be formed in the brain even before we are born.I will continue that experience tomorrow. I will try and see if I can getother peoples response on this concept, their perspectives - kids,moms/dads, grand moms/dads, uncles/aunties ...5 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  6. 6. 9:45 pmBecause there is a natural storytelling urge and ability in all human beings, evenjust a little nurturing of this impulse can bring about astonishing and delightfulresults. —Nancy Mellon, The Art of Storytelling
  7. 7. Continuing from yesterday, I want to focuson "Mother-Child Storytelling Ritual“ today.A mother who tell stories to their childrenduring bed time encourage them to respondand evaluate the story according to theirunderstanding. Conversations and questionsbut it also develops the curiosity in the child.The curiosity in the child helps the child’s mind to ask more questions andlearn more. Conversations and questions but it also develops the curiosityin the child. The curiosity in the child helps the child’s mind to ask morequestions and learn more.It also helps build a bond between the mother and the children - the childgets more comfortable with sharing everything with the mother becausethey will develop skills to have a conversation with their mother.7 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  8. 8. Additionally, the story telling experience also: Helps in the development of the  personality of the child, help the child to be better at communicational skills Helps transmit socio-cultural values Communicate morals and values -   the story becomes a part of the child’s thought and the value being taught is also a part of his thought, the child will then try to put it to practice.8 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  9. 9. 11:05 pmStories are how we learn. The progenitors of the world’s religions understood this,handing down our great myths and legends from generation to generation.—Bill Mooney and David Holt, The Storyteller’s Guide
  10. 10. Benefits of Story tellingWhile discussing this today with some of my colleagues, I found anotherinteresting aspect of story-telling – exercise of the child doing story telling.Schools nowadays give this assignment for kids in primary school to comeup in the class and do story telling. I find this interesting as it allows thechild to display all his learning - the story itself, its learning,communication, confidence, public speaking and so on.I believe that story telling in a very unique and interesting way brings outpersonality traits and polishes them for life.10 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  11. 11. For example:Telling a story that deals with a fear your child is wrestling with helps indefusing fears. For example,>> if your child is afraid of thunderstorms, tell a story about a child oranimal who finds a safe, cozy place to curl up during a storm.Most of the times children believe they can overcome fear when they seesomeone else conquer a fear before they do. Make use of puppets, stuffedanimals and prewritten stories, when possible.Using the characters in a story, it is easy to communicate your reasonsbehind limits and boundaries as you show your child why you make certaindecisions. As the story is about fictional characters, the child generally is beable understand it (and the reasoning behind it) without becomingdefensive.11 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  12. 12. Storytelling is a great way to open up any childs imagination. Interactingwith the story teller as they tell stories, making up characters and monstersor obstacles for the characters. After a while, the child may surprise you byinventing one instead !!We all know that most of the fairy tales and nursery rhymes have moralswoven into them. Using these traditional fairytales coupled with modernchildrens books and ones own imagination, one is able to convey the rightmorals and value system to the children. Tell a story>> that praises kindness, generosity and inclusiveness.>> The Little Red Hen who helped everybody - it will help set a goodexample.As expressed earlier, storytelling is bonding up with children. They willalways remember the hours you spent talking in silly voices, making upridiculous characters and laughing about the stories you told - parent-child bonding.12 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  13. 13. 9:50 pmIf stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they areneeded. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. —Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel
  14. 14. It has been very instinctive for me – as an elder sister in a big crowd ofsiblings, a leader during school days, an ‘educated’ professional amongstnot-so educated ones, a mother. But I have always seen story tellingsessions, experience sharing sessions, make some difference to theperson, in the person – same time or some time later.So what kind of learning happened? Language skills (vocabulary, grammar, syntax and pronunciation). Their attention span and their ability to listen. Their ability to follow instructions. Their ability to co-operate with others An understanding of concepts An understanding of human nature. An understanding of feelings. An awareness of the role characteristics people assume. An understanding of sequence.14 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  15. 15. Story telling can really act as a therapy also!Children will absorb lessons learned by characters in a story without beingdefensive about their own issues.Children who have gone through traumatic experiences can process thoseexperiences and learn to trust and feel safe again through repeated storieswith positive outcomes.Children watch the storys characters overcome similar obstacles, whichboosts confidence that victory is possible and positive outcomes arerealistic.Being subtle yet positive towards a concern – personal or otherwise hasalways helped.Being creative, varying the story – characters, background etc – helps inmany ways. Sometime, for younger children, one has to be re-iterative yetbe new to send a message home.Prompting children when repeating a story, helps the child pull from theearlier memory. Allowing them to tell the story, fill in the story or / andcomplete the story allows them to communicate as well as inform you oftheir perspectives. You never know what is revealed!15 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  16. 16. Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, moremeaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. — Robert McKee
  17. 17. I believe story telling is an art!I have seen the disinterest of many children when the word ‘story’ ismentioned. In a world crammed with television programmes, cartoons andinteresting audio and visual aids traditional story telling is facing a bigchallenge. These mediums are bringing the stories alive for themirrespective. And with the additional advantage of three-dimensional storiesavailable as and when they want versus the old-fashioned way, on a warmweekend afternoon or drowsy week nights – what wins?17 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  18. 18. I have some tricks to share, of basis my experience! >> Stretching your stories , exaggerating, brings an element of fun, disbelief, awe and sometimes an interaction! >> Remember the three Little Pigs "Ill huff and Ill puff and Ill blow your house down!" or the "Old Mac Donalds had a Farm"?! Many a times it is the repetition that allows your audience to get involved as they come to expect a repeated phrase or theme. >> Using voice modulations brings the story to life! And, kids love a story told in different voices. Sometimes, depending on the age group, ridiculously exaggerated voices for each character in the story; the more distinct and unique the voices, the better.18 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  19. 19. 10:22 pmStories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer,more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. — Robert McKee
  20. 20. Having discussed the same with many parents, grandparents, kids, Irealized that many really didn’t know the power of story telling in any childspersonality and future life. I spoke to some of my colleagues and here is an opinion. I wish had more time to capture more views …. They are embedded on the page as videos for reference …20 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  21. 21. Story telling sessions are like a set of magical wings of imagination that helps them become more creative and think out of the box. With oodles of enthusiasm, voice modulation and a dollop of acting, it involves the whole family and helps them bond better. Todays children (or rather any child of any era) never likes to be told what to do and how to do. So, instead of preaching morals and values, storytelling helps parents weave them into their stories and narrate it to their children in an interesting manner - giving answers to "Why should I do this" and "What is in it for me". Listening to stories from the time they were very small, they remember the plots and morals subconsciously, delving into what they’ve heard as they grow up. And, if possible, use them correctly.21 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  22. 22. I remember many such instances shared by my elder daughter who is a very impressionable young lady. Many a times, while having casual conversations, it has come out that she has taken the right decision under the circumstances, just because she could relate to some story, value or other such instance based discussions we have had. I also believe that story telling method of relating to family history bonds them to their roots and gives them an identity.22 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  23. 23. 10:45 pmAustralian Aborigines say that the big stories—the stories worth telling and retelling,the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life—are forever stalking theright teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in the bush. —Robert Moss, Dreamgates
  24. 24. One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power ofstorytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribalpeoples; it formed the basis of their educational systems.Knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lackwisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners.What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets andstorytellers and artists? What transformations would follow?24 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  25. 25. Storytelling is a fantastic educational tool, helping children learn aboutdifferent countries, cultures, nature and just about anything, through storieswoven around a nugget of knowledge. For instance, you might like to tellstories about Eskimos, or how tigers hunt in forests, or why trees areimportant.If you tell your children stories regularly and ask them to participate withtheir own tales, it helps develop better conversational and communicationskills. It lets them experiment with language and vocabulary, and helpsthem put their imagination to good use.And the best of all, storytelling is fun and your kids will always want more.Story is far older than the art of science and psychology,and will always be the elder in the equation no matter howmuch time passes. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes25 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  26. 26. We derive our competence from forming connections … the learner’s challenge is to recognize the patterns which appear to be hidden. Meaning-making and forming connections between specialized communities are important activities.26 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi