According to Kathryne Macgrath Speaker (2002), ‘Children involved in storytelling programs exhibit improved listening skills, better sequencing abilities, increased language appreciation and more thoughtful organization in their own writing.’ (p.184) As Speaker indicates, storytelling can be a very important tool for learning in the classroom.
That’s as much as I can take. I click and move on.
But wait! What’s so wrong with this? What’s got me upset? I go back, and ponder, then I find it: it’s the subjugation of storytelling to learning in the classroom. It’s the idea that storytelling is not as important or valuable as classroom learning. It’s like saying, “cheerfulness and joie de vivre are useful tools in classroom learning.” Ignoring the fact that these things are valuable and desirable in their own right, regardless of their value as tools for classroom learning.
Do I have a point here, or is time for me to take my tablets?