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style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>From: Dr Eric Miller, Director, <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>World Storytelling Institute <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>(based in Chennai)<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Date: June 2015<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Subject: <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Storytelling in Schools</b><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:14.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Dear School Teachers and Administrators,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Greetings!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Whenever we might want to teach-and-learn abstractions such as <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>concepts</i>, <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>processes</i>, and mathematical and scientific <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>formulas</i> and <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>procedures</i>, it is essential to provide numerous and colorful examples.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Students can then be encouraged to play with these examples, especially in sensory manners -- drawing pictures of them, dramatizing them (acting them out, by role-playing elements of the examples, and perhaps personifying these elements as characters).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Then, a final test is whether or not a student can help other students to understand the concept or process.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Along the way, as many of the five senses as possible, and the full verbo-motor facilities of the teachers-and-learners, should be brought into play, so there could be integrations of the body and mind; and of emotions, thoughts, facts, memories, etc.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>All of the above is related to storytelling.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>I have earned a PhD in Folklore (University of Pennsylvania), and am scheduled to complete an MSc in Psychology next year (University of Madras).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>In addition, I have been trained in using storytelling for education by professional storytellers in NYC, my hometown.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Myself and others founded the World Storytelling Institute (WSI) in Chennai in 2007.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Since then, I have given multi-session Storytelling trainings to approx 250 adults.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>I have also conducted many Storytelling -related teacher-trainings in schools in Chennai, elsewhere in Tamil Nadu, and around India.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>For work in schools, I can call upon the 21 members of newly-formed group, the &quot;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/chennaistorytellers">Chennai Storytellers</a>&quot;, most of whom are listed on the Indian Storytelling Network's <a href="http://www.indianstorytellingnetwork.org/Chennai.html">Chennai webpage</a>.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>(The Indian Storytelling Network is an project I co-facilitate with Geeta Ramanujam of Kathalaya in Bangalore.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Even if I am not physically present at all sessions, I can help to plan and supervise the process.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>The &quot;Chennai Storytellers&quot; -- of which I am also a member -- work in many languages, and are based in various parts of Chennai.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>In relation to schools, we offer,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>1) Performances, with activities, for children (during the school day).<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>2) Workshops for children (during the school day).<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>3) Workshops for teachers.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>4) Workshops for parents.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>5) Workshops for children (after school, and on weekends).<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>1, 2, and 3 can be done in a single visit, with teachers observing 1 and 2 before participating in 3.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Of course, one can perform for children of any age, and lead them in activities.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>However, we especially like to train -- and to assist teachers and other adults to train -- children 7-years-and-older to find, adapt, create, and tell stories. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Storytelling is not just for children.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>It is also a fun and educational activity for teenagers -- for whom it can be explained that storytelling is a form of public speaking that also involves acting (when one plays characters).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Public speaking and acting are activities many teenagers might be interested in.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>We seek to train teachers to conduct storytelling activities with students.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>We also seek to work with teachers and administrators to complement and reinforce the existing curriculum with storytelling activities.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Notes on my training for teachers are <a href="http://www.storytellinginstitute.org/12.html">here</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>We would like to do 6-month or 1-year projects with individual teachers, or with groups of teachers, possibly relating to particular academic subjects. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Our workshops and follow-up sessions with teachers could occur once a month, or as requested.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>***<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>We would like to conduct experiments that would, we believe, provide evidence regarding the educational value of storytelling, especially in terms of students' reading and writing abilities.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>In one type of experiment, students' reading and writing abilities before and after the storytelling experiences could be compared.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>In another type of experiment, one group of students would experience storytelling activities, and another group would not.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>The reading and writing abilities of the students in the two groups could be compared.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>A number of such studies can be found <a href="http://www.storytellinginstitute.org/37.html">here</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>***<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Regarding fees:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Standard pay for trainers in the business world in Chennai today is Rs 5,000 per half day, Rs 10,000 per day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>In the education world, we often need to work for less.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>So fees are negotiable.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Of course, long-term projects involve reduced-fees per session.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>***<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>The first three editions of the Chennai Storytelling Festival have been presented primarily by the WSI.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>The theme of the Festival this past February was &quot;<a href="http://www.storytellinginstitute.org/35.html">Storytelling for Teaching and Training</a>&quot;.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>In the course of CSF 2015, we discovered that &quot;Using Storytelling to Teach Languages&quot; is one of the most popular educational applications of storytelling.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>A recording of a videoconference I and others participated in regarding this subject, as part of the Festival, is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9P9DEn5Xms">here</a> (60 minutes, on Youtube).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>My <a href="http://www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.com/280.html">PhD dissertation</a> concerned ways children's singing-games could be used to assist language-learning.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>I am in the process of writing an article that would compile and discuss many of the methods of &quot;Using Various Verbal Arts to Teach Languages&quot;, and I am eager to assist language teachers to put these methods into action.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>***<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Note:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>When geographical distance is a challenge, myself and team members are adept at using videoconferencing for training purposes (Skype, Google+, etc).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>In such cases, alternation of physical-presence and tele-presence often works well.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>***<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Best regards,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Dr Eric Miller<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>PhD in Folklore<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>MSc in Psychology (first year completed) <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Director, World Storytelling Institute,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><a href="http://www.storytellinginstitute.org">www.storytellinginstitute.org</a> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>The WSI is based in Nungambakkam, Chennai.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Mobile: 98403 94282<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>Landline: 044 4209 0890<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>E-mail: eric@storytellinginstitute.org <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'>personal website,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial'><a href="http://www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.com">www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.com</a></span><br> &nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </table> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </div> </body> </html>