My favorite unit to teach so far this year is our story unit.
I love stories and so do most second graders so this unit is a match made in heaven.
Naturally, I jumped at the chance to see if his ideas could compliment or enrich our already well established unit of inquiry.
After the short one day workshop, not only did I feel we needed to shift the main focus of our unit, but I rediscovered my own passion for storytelling.
Ohler emphasizes the equal importance of oral storytelling, written storytelling, and art in his process, where as our unit was only emphasizing the written aspect of storytelling. Stories have been passed down orally since before written communication existed. And the ability to tell stories to persuade, sell, or get your point across, makes it an increasingly vital skill for our current times.
My favorite example of Ohler’s Digital Storytelling is Hannah’s story, because I think it’s powerful the way Hannah tells the story orally with her hand drawn illustrations supporting her in the background. It’s something my second graders can do.
Ohler’s whole philosophy, approach and resources are on his site and are available for anyone to use.