Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for students to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions. Stories reveal universal truths about the world. Through stories we see how very different people share the same life experiences and how human nature can transcend culture.
The School of Education, Galgotias University, as part of Drama and Arts in Education practicum paper organized a one day Training Workshop for their M.Ed. and B.Ed. student on 15, October 2019 in the university premises. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Ashish Sharma, trainer & manager from Bharti Foundation, India. The training workshop was conducted with the objectives to establish the art of drama and storytelling and therefore making teaching and learning processes more effective. The workshop also intended to improve the quality of education by developing analytic skills and reflective practices, forge powerful creative partnerships through storytelling in teaching-learning process. It also explored the relationship of arts to other sectors in education. Mr. Ashish Sharma emphasized how the art of drama especially stories can enhance the teaching learning process in the class rooms. Usage of languages was emphasized that can help in visualizing the very concept of storytelling. Storytelling technique can be used for different teaching pedagogies like Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, Economics, and Accountancy.
M.Ed. and B.Ed. students shared a remarkable variety of personal experiences, values and ways of thoughts and feelings through storytelling. It is more than a way of exchanging information and extending ideas, it is their means of reaching out and connecting with other people. Storytelling Training cum workshop thus tried to create Stories which can link not only between the world of classroom and home but also between the classroom and beyond. Stories provide a common thread that can help unite cultures and provide a bridge across the cultural gap. Dr. Ishrat Naaz, Assistant Professor, SOE, and course teacher coordinated the workshop.