I’m lucky enough to be visiting lots of schools this time of year.
I love it- but I have noticed this happens a lot:
- Classroom Assistant: “Good morning! welcome to our school! So you’re a storyteller? you’re an author too obviously.”
- The verb most teachers and kids use for storytelling is “read” i.e. ‘the storytellers’s going to read you a story now’
- Kids endlessly ask me how many books I have written. (almost as much as they ask me whether I am famous!)
At every school I go to I try to explain to the children you can be a storyteller a poet and an artist without writing down a single word.
One kid suddenly “got it” and beamed “it’s even better than writing because the words are free!”