Continuing with the big office clean-up, I found another note, this one I wrote to remind myself of a story told to me by a teacher. Here’s the story:
Back in January, as I set up for an assembly, one of the teachers at the school came up to me and told me that her 7 year old son played the role of the half chicken in a story I told during a family literacy night three years ago. “He was 4 at the time,” she said, “and extremely shy. He’s still shy. His dad and I were amazed that he volunteered to act in the story and were even more astonished by the fact that he actually spoke his part so well. That was three years ago and my son still talks about it from time to time, saying, “Remember when I was the half a chicken?”
As a traveling storyteller, visiting different schools every day, I rarely hear the long term effects the stories I tell have on listeners, but when I do, it’s most certainly noteworthy.
This morning, as I was doing some long over due cleaning in my office, I came across a hand written note from a grade 3 student named Cole, from February and wondered if I should keep it or toss it.
In his note Cole wrote, “Dear Presenter, I am sorry for my rude, disrispective behaveur. It was inipoprieit. I am sorry if you saw my rude behaveur. I am also sorry if I offended you. Sicerly, Cole”
Cole hand delivered the note while I was packing up in the gym and I got the distinct impression that this wasn’t the first time he had penned such a letter. As he handed the paper to me, I asked, “What is this?” “I got in trouble and my teacher made me write to you,” he answered cheerfully.
After I read his confession and apology, we had a great chat. He said he really liked the story I told about the hungry goddess who broke in half and was recycled, but his favourite assembly from forever, was when he was in grade 1 and they turned off all the gym lights and had a black light show. Cole suggested I add black lights to my assembly. I thanked him and told him I always welcome helpful feedback.
I think I’ll keep the note.
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Yesterday, I performed at North Agincourt Jr. P.S in Toronto. After the assembly, the grades 3 and 4 classes presented a slide show of two of our Storyvalues stories. They had illustrated the stories using Pixie, a digital illustration tool, then linked their art to my audio files. Their work was break taking! The two stories featured in the slide show were also part of my live assembly, so the kids were able to observe and discuss similarities and differences.
Teacher librarian, Patrick McCartney was the mastermind behind this successful project.
Congratulations to Mr. McCartney and the grade 3 and 4 classes of North Agincourt Jr. P.S!
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