Five Tips for Using Embodied Storytelling to Build Student Vocabulary and Communication Skills

By Arianna Ross Embodied Storytelling is an art form utilizing the body and voice to tell, analyze, and create a “story.”  Its process directly leads participants into comprehension of the material they have embodied. In its presentation in the classroom, a teacher will use a combination of dance, storytelling, drama, and visual art elements to … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Embodied Storytelling to Build Student Vocabulary and Communication Skills

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Breaking Down Barriers Through Storytelling: an Interview with Sherry Norfolk

Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning storyteller, author, and teaching artist. She performs and leads residencies and workshops internationally, introducing children and adults to story making and storytelling. She is also the co-author and co-editor with Lyn Ford of a new book, Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Students with Special Needs. Here, she discusses the … Continue reading Breaking Down Barriers Through Storytelling: an Interview with Sherry Norfolk

Digital Storytelling Program Empowers Students with Disabilities

At the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC), a year-long program in technology, arts, and inclusive leadership training offered youth with disabilities an opportunity to use digital storytelling as a tool for self-empowerment. The program, held quarterly from October 2016-August 2017, taught high school juniors and seniors fundamentals of art, video production, and self-advocacy. … Continue reading Digital Storytelling Program Empowers Students with Disabilities

Seven Tips for Using Storytelling to Engage Students with Disabilities

By Sherry Norfolk Storytelling is a natural, organic way to engage students with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities in story-making and story-sharing. Here are a few tips: Make it multi-modal. Storytelling provides opportunities for the teller to use meaningful facial expression and body language, expressive character voices, sound effects, and audience interaction – making the … Continue reading Seven Tips for Using Storytelling to Engage Students with Disabilities

Building Reading Comprehension Through Inclusive Arts Learning

Many students need support in developing their ability to read confidently. VSA Intersections conference presenters Arianna Ross and Suzanne Richard have developed arts integration learning strategies and activities that engage learners with disabilities and support reading with comprehension. Ross and Richard combine elements of dance, storytelling, visual art, and drama for their professional development workshop, … Continue reading Building Reading Comprehension Through Inclusive Arts Learning