Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Elementary School Education

Origami Storytelling in Elementary School Education - Language and Problem Solving Benefits Reviewed
Storytelling in elementary schools improves children's language skills by providing students with a valuable opportunity to practice auditory comprehension, a vital component of early childhood education. In face-to-face interactions, the additional nonverbal elements of body language, gestures, and facial expressions form up to 80% of expressive language. But how, in our multitasking, screen-dominant learning environments, can teachers capture and hold the attention of their distraction-prone students?
Why not try using the Japanese paper folding art of origami to help focus students' attention during language arts activities? When an unexpected curiosity like origami is added to a storytelling presentation, the educational benefits for elementary school students are increased.
Origami models and other interesting objects add visual stimulation and grab attention, so that young learners are focused and motivated to pay closer attention. Another advantage to adding origami to stories is that origami is created one step at a time. As a story progresses scene by scene, an origami model can also be constructed, fold by fold. When the story ends, the origami model is also created. This specialized storytelling technique is called Storigami. Storytelling + Origami = Storigami.
Watching and listening to stories illustrated by the progressive folds of origami models enables students to imagine the visual details of the scenes and characters described by the words, but also gives students experience with analyzing the symbolic representations of the paper shapes and folds that are paired with story characters or actions. How can teachers and other educators learn how to use Storigami to build problem solving and language arts skills in their elementary school classrooms? Fortunately a Mid-Western educational publisher, Storytime Ink International, has published several collections of origami stories, such as Nature Fold-Along Stories: Quick and Easy Origami Tales About Plants and Animals. Let me give you a preview of what your life will be like if you succeed in becoming an elementary school teacher. If you become an elementary school teacher this is what you might expect.
You will be buying rewards for the students and sometimes giving lunch money for those that are hungry, but forgot their money. You do not get coffee breaks, you have to sneak bathroom breaks and recesses and lunch time are most often spent helping students do their work. You will take work home and spend your own time getting prepared.
When the weather changes so do the students so you need to be prepared to change your methods with the weather. Any little change in the environment will change the students and you need to be ready to adapt to that change.


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