Engaging Students in Storywork

Students are natural storytellers; they have an innate ability to make sense through story and commit ideas, knowledge, and understanding to memory through story. In this workshop, teachers will develop the use of narrative as a classroom tool for teaching, learning, and assessment. We will explore three kinds of storywork that you will want to try with your students: heritage inquiry projects, event mapping, and the use of story as an assessment tool. This approach weaves the use of historical and geographical thinking skills or competencies with an appreciation for Indigenous ways of knowing, diverse access points for curricular content, and activation of place-responsive pedagogy.

Target Audience

SS K-12


12:20 PM - 1:20 PM

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  • Glen Thielmann

    Glen's teaching career spans 22 years as a Social Studies teacher, highlighted with a Governor-General's History Teaching Award for his work with students conducting heritage inqiury. His current work at the University of Northern British Columbia, both as a lecturer in the School of Education and as a PhD Candidate, centres on living curriculum and how identity and experience are enacted in connections to people, place, and land. Glen is a member of the BCSSTA executive, the Pro-D Chair for the Prince George District Teachers Association, and a director of the Pacific Slope Consortium.