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Students practice miming with Motoko.
"The miming against the wall was so real, I could practice that." —3rd grade student
A story about the Oni!
"Watching the facial expressions while Motoko was telling her initial stories...and seeing how much the kids loved her body language! There is a lot to be said for being able to just observe for a change! Seeing the JOY on their faces was a gift!" —Brett teacher
Writing a story together
Decorating Oni masks...
...and trying them on!
Teachers learn from Motoko
"As a teacher who uses stories in the classroom I gained from watching and hearing how Motoko "handles" imaginary objects in her stories, thus better allowing the audience to "see" and experience these objects." —Brett teacher
Telling stories with Motoko
"What I liked most was the question Motoko put to us after we told a story, “What was your emotion when you told that story?” It helped me to think about why that story was chosen, and how it made me feel and to be aware of these feelings when telling a story." —community member
Embodying different characters with Motoko
"In particular, I found the discussions of how we use our bodies, to make conscious choice of our movements as we speak, to be a very important aspect of telling stories, and performance in general. I am already incorporating some of what we learned in my own teaching. I very much look forward to hearing our community's stories of Tamworth's 250th, and to how what she taught will facilitate these stories." —community member & music teacher
Miming with Motoko
"I really enjoyed when we learned the specifics of how to make the audience visualize our story-characters, either by miming the object, by pretending to touch the object, or by being it. Motoko has such grace while teaching and storytelling. A wonderful teacher!" —community member & teacher
Writing hero stories
"Motoko gave us activities to use in class. My class had prompts with boxes for each section for illustrations. She was very specific with rules: no violence, no embarrassing others, original ideas. The students loved that. She also told them the antagonist had to be half __________________, half__________________. The stories were written over a 2 day period and they turned out so well. My class is adding more details to their stories and then we will each make small books." —Brett teacher
Writing and drawing...
Working on stories in class
" My impression is that many teachers will feel as I did--that they can develop story-telling "muscles" into their teaching repertoire. I also think the children were exposed a new genre, one that happens to be ancient. A lot of stories will be floating around over the next year as Tamworth celebrates its 250th anniversary. This residency has encouraged that." —high school teacher
Haiku riddle stories in the 5th grade
"Motoko was energetic, passionate about storytelling—which engaged students. Breaking storytelling down into smaller sections made it seem easy. Expectations were clear. I was impressed after only two sessions how comfortable students were with telling stories about their lives." — K. A. Brett teacher
Motoko telling stories...
"I thoroughly enjoyed Motoko's performance. Her storytelling style was different from most I have seen. I liked the way she engaged the audience without asking too much of us. Her Japanese family history made for interesting tales." —community member
Storyteller Andy Davis
Thank you, Andy!
"I was impressed by how willingly Motoko shared the stage--as she was teaching and as she was performing. The message was that we all have the ability/desire/permission to tell stories." —area teacher
Storyteller Matt Krug
Storyteller Arthur Surette
Thank you, Arthur!