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PaMela OBrien

Lead Teacher, American International School Bamako
Ms. PaMela OBrien

Educators' Conference

PaMela OBrien has been a teacher for 14 years teaching children in 1st-8th grades, first in Alaska before moving to Korea and now in Mali. As a teacher she has an extensive background in integrating the arts (visual, music, drama, movement) with academic curriculum. She has been a teacher leader for the Alaska State Arts Consortium Advanced Arts Institute and taught workshops on the Scottish Storyline Method. She has also presented at the Alaska State Literacy Conference and KORKOS. Her interest with using storytelling comes from experiences in rural Alaska, listening to Alaska Native storytellers. After working with a professional storyteller and drama teachers, she began integrating storytelling into her classroom.


1-Hour Workshop

Title Griots in the Classroom: Teaching Children to be Storytellers
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered October 19th (14:00-15:00)
Description Great storytelling requires a good story and engaging presentation. Children of all ages can be taught to write original stories and captivate audiences with them. In the tradition of West African griots (storytellers) this workshop will focus on practical teaching strategies and lessons for teaching children to become storytellers. Participants will have the opportunity to write a story outline, and practice telling it. Participants will also learn how to have students give and receive feedback on their performances.
  1. Paticipants will be able to orally tell an original story.
  2. Particiapnts will be able to give and recieve feedback.
Target Audience Teachers
Conference Material Handouts will be provided during the session.

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