Storytelling Residency: Stories on Board Preparation 3-30-08

Friends: I spent most of the day preparing for my residency at a New Orleans area school (I have been a teaching artist at this school for 8 years!). I am doing a two-week artist residency at an elementary school (PK-5) presenting “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales.” For grades PK-2, I […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 10 – Final Day!

Friends: Today was the final day of my Louisiana Story Fest residency. The above is a drawing by Ivan, a first grader, of my story, “The Cajun Cornbread Boy.” The gator in the middle has a red mouth, full of cayenne! I stayed up late Thursday night assembling treat bags for my third, fourth and […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 9

Friends: It has been a wonderful two weeks visiting all the classrooms of the school where I am the teaching artist-in-residence. I feel like I have truly made deep connections with the students and the teachers. Today was bittersweet, because it was so wonderful and because it was my last day to visit the classes. […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 7

Friends, At the end of this week, on Friday, my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will perform their “Louisiana Story Fest.” Each grade will perform for each other as well as lower grades and parents. Each class is performing a Louisiana folktale that I have adapted into a story theater script just for that […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 6

Friends: It was quite warm today, in the 70s so the above bulletin was appropriate. :) I am back at the school, where I am the teaching artist-in-residence, doing a Louisiana Story Fest. Last week, I was off because the school had a big week being evaluated by a team from the State Department of […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 5

Friends: Today was another great day at school. Again, I had terrific classes that needed little correction, as a whole (there are always one or two in each class that need stronger discipline). Here is a picture of me telling stories to kindergarten-aged students. We had so much fun! This is a picture of us […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 4

Friends: Happy Valentine’s Day! This morning my family woke up and found that Cupid visited! A bevy of treats awaited them at the kitchen table, decorated with rose petals, red and pink candes. Eliana loves her pink poodle, “Lovey.” Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! I love showing the people I love and […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 3

Friends: It was another fabulous day at the school where I am doing a Louisiana Story Fest Residency. The picture above is a backdrop of a bayou on the school cafeteria stage. Just beautiful. I am just in love with the teachers, staff and students at this school. We are having a fabulous time sharing […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 2

Friends: As you walk down the hall of this school, Jack and the Beanstalk greets you with a big grin. Look at the door next to Jack. You can see the scale of the mural. Story book characters decorate the walls in the halls of this school. I will post one every day so you […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 1

Friends: Today was the first day of my Louisiana Story Fest residency at a local school. The whole school is participating in a year-long study of Louisiana. Each grade is focusing on a different aspect of Louisiana. The school hired me as a teaching artist, through an arts grant, to work with the students using […] Read More

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