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Learning Through Stories

Green Bay News Chronicle (Green Bay, WI) , February 3, 2005

Summary:

A professional storyteller visited Tank Elementary School in Green Bay on Wednesday to lead students in stories, a tool educators said will enhance students' comprehension, listening and reading skills. Using dramatic facial expressions and changing his voice, storyteller Stuart Stotts of Madison captivated students in Holly Moser's kindergarten class.

Stotts is an artist-in-residence at Tank Elementary School. In conjunction with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program, Stotts and the Weidner Center for Performing Arts on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus are showing how art can be a teaching method.

Moser's kindergartners are learning how to tell time, count, do easy addition and recognize the value of coins. Those concepts and social science, science and reading can all be taught through storytelling, she said.

Storytelling is also good for the imagination, Stotts said. He quoted Albert Einstein:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Subjects Covered: education


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