Tag Archives: story and identity

stories help us gain entrance

“Through the ages, stories have helped us gain entrance into the larger communities of the world. Today, fewer of us grow up in story-rich environments. A society impoverished of stories is insecure in its links to past, present, and future.” … Continue reading

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The first of Tales

This is quite beautiful – and made me think of oriori  (other cultures have birth songs, too, but which are these again?)… “The first of tales is the most important tale of all. Though we never remember it, it is … Continue reading

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A storytelling curriculum in the classroom

“Vivian Gussin Paley saw the essential role that fantasy play had, not only in the development of a child, but in the evolution of the community within the classroom. This conviction enabled her to undergo an act of astonishing bravery, … Continue reading

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A world of severe story deprivation

“We live in a world of severe story deprivation and the effects are visible everywhere. The care of the soul has been neglected far too long. Individuals suffer as much from the lack of story as  our civilization does.” Ref: … Continue reading

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Stories are instruments for orienting human emotions to their contents

Again and still reading Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Approach. On the topic of story, he writes: “No one can program a computer to recognize a story as distinct from other narratives. The instrument for detecting stories is human emotion. So the … Continue reading

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Friendship and fantasy – children’s stories and their function in the group

I really love Vivian Gussin Paley’s writing. I hadn’t yet read The Boy Who Would be a Helicopter and am just now enjoying it. In it, Paley describes her storytelling classroom and their re-enactments of those stories – all, of … Continue reading

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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Maori legends – patupaiarehe, taniwha, spirits and heroes

Just a note to say that I really enjoyed this book of legends – A W Reed’s Favourite Maori Legends (revised by Ross Calman). I think it’s important to share such tales with children – to colour in their mental … Continue reading

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Play is the model for the life-long practice of trying out new ideas

Vivian Gussin Paley writes: “From the earliest ‘pretend I’m the mama and you’re the baby,’ play is the model for the life-long practice of trying out new ideas.  Pretending is the most open-ended of all activities, providing the opportunity to escape … Continue reading

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On being a mathematician and telling good math stories

George Gadanidis writes: “Looking in the mirror of society to explain why children cannot be (or would not want to be) mathematicians, we might see two unflattering images: “math sucks” and mathematicians are geeks”. Of course, mathematics is beautiful and mathematicians are … Continue reading

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