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As part of the post-workshop evaluation, participants were asked if they had an "Aha!" moment - personal or professional - during this workshop. Here is what our early childhood participants had to share:





Effective storytelling is about dialogue, not monologue. Interactive storytelling has taught me to teach outside of the box.


Sometimes you find a really special picture book and you read through it to find all of the reading/writing strategies you want to use it for. I never thought of connecting storytelling ideas to it. Thank you!


Converting read-alouds to storytelling before reading to students will improve comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.


” Follow-Up Mentor-Model Residencies


 100% of teachers were comfortable with storytelling following the residency, as compared to 79% before.


 100% found the mentoring model residency useful and will continue to use the skills learned from both the professional development and residency.


 100% of teachers felt that the residency had enhanced the following skills:  Using descriptive language


 Vocal pitch/dramatic tension  Facial gesture/eye contact  Physical gestures and movement


 Portraying different characters through voice and movement


 Ability to develop a storytelling from text


 Ability to facilitate students’ participation in a storytelling


 100% found the mentoring model residency useful and will continue to use the skills learned from both the professional development and residency.


Participating teachers also reported that the mentor-model residencies had an impact on their students' core literacy skills. Please see chart on next page.


2011-12 Final Report CAT - NYC DOE OECE – Interactive Storytelling Professional Development


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