Interactive Storytelling Seminar for Teachers of Children with Special Needs
Posted by: Teacher ia | on August 1, 2013
Yesterday, while waiting for the start of the launch of “50 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking” at MetMuseum Manila, I decided to pass the time by catching up with some personal reading. The book I was reading was a gift from a friend of mine, J.p. who I haven’t seen for awhile until “Be the Big Boss Summit“. I decided to leave the book in my bag which proved to be a good thing because reading this book made me remember one of the reasons why I started the website, Special Education Philippines. You see when I was very young, I love stories especially fairy tales. I had a fairy tale collection with original art painting. I even collected the different fairy tale pocketbooks from a milk powder promo back when I was already in High School. Until now, my house is filled with books and stories from around the globe.
I think telling stories is one of the best ways to connect to our students. In school, I listened more when teachers gave personal anecdotes or shared true-to-life stories of inspiring people. Until now, when I post stories in Special Education Philippines website and its other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, they all have that same vibe of storytelling.
Just imagine my interest when I learned that Mique International Conference and Event Planners’s (MICEP) holds storytelling workshop for teachers. I first heard of MICEP’s educational seminars from T. Regina Lu. This August 2013, Ms. Sheila Wee will be back in the Philippines to give a storytelling workshop for teachers. However, this time it is specifically for teachers of children with special needs.
In line with Special Education Philippines website goal to promote better education for children with special needs here in the Philippines, two tickets for this SPED seminar will be raffled to SPED teachers. To join the contest, just follow the simple steps below
To learn more about this seminar, Mique International Conference and Event Planners has shared this information to us:
What: TELLING TOGETHER: Interactive Storytelling for Teachers of Children with Special Needs
When: 16 AUGUST 2013 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Pearl Ballroom, 2/F The Pearl Manila Hotel UN Avenue cor Taft Avenue, Manila
Why Use Storytelling in teaching CSNs?
“ Storytelling is a powerful teaching tool that can engage and stimulate young minds; improve language abilities and foster social and emotional skills. This practical session outlines an approach to using storytelling in the special needs classroom and demonstrates how to create successful interactive storytelling experiences for groups of children with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.”
Note: The approach used in this workshop is suitable for use with children with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. It MAY NOT be suitable for all children with ASD
Demonstration of the interactive storytelling style suitable for use with children with intellectual disabilities.
How to choose a suitable story for telling to children with intellectual disabilities.
Adding sensory and interactive elements to a story.
How to learn any story effectively without having to memorise the words.
About the Speaker:
Sheila Wee has been a full time professional storyteller since 1999 and has been described as a Godmother of Singapore storytelling. She co-founded Singapore’s first storytelling circle and its first professional storytelling company. She has taught or mentored most of the storytellers now active in Singapore and is the President of the Storytelling Association (Singapore).
Sheila began telling stories to children, but quickly moved into telling stories to adults and was a pioneer in bringing storytelling to adult audiences in Singapore. She is comfortable telling to audiences of more than a thousand and is adept at varying her storytelling style according to her audience. Her storytelling has been describe variously as warm, engaging, elegant and captivating.
Sheila’s work in Singapore includes performances for museums, schools, conference openings, community events and storytelling skills courses and workshops for adults, teens and children. She also conducts workshops that cover a wide range of storytelling applications, including storytelling for intergenerational bonding, language and literacy development, special needs education, character education, and leadership in organisations.
Sheila is enthusiastic about passing on her skills and her highly practical and inspirational workshops have garnered consistently high ratings from participants. One of the main focuses of her work has been in schools, working with both teachers and students inspire them to want to tell stories and to give them the skills to do so.
As well working with educational and cultural organisations and in the wider community in Singapore, Sheila also works internationally, and has been featured storyteller and speaker at many festivals and conferences and workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and the UK.
I hope to see readers of Special Education Philippines in this SPED seminar.