Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Storytelling Without the Book
Teacher: Hi! Ms. Zarah, thank you for saying yes to our invitation.
Me: My pleasure!
Teacher: May I know what book you'll be using for storytelling this morning?
Me: I won't use a book (smiles).
Teacher looked shocked. Disbelief etched all over her face. After a few seconds her surprise died and she nervously smiled.
Teacher: May I know what story you'll tell then.
Me: Hmmm... I have not decided yet.
Teacher was horrified!
Me: I'll tell from the oral tradition. I'll use paper, chalk, my Sagada walking stick and my malong. Participation stories... (smiles some more)
Teacher: Can you at least give me the title of your story?
Me: I'll start with the story of this dog named Bingo. Then move on to some more animal stories. A bird, yes. And a spider.
Teacher sighed and went to the podium to start the morning program.