Teaching Storytelling to Cultivate Belongingness in the First-Year Seminar
This session will explore how storytelling as a craft can be taught to college students, particularly first-year students seminar-style class. Typically, students in their transition to college face numerous obstacles that either confirm or reinforce negative stereotypes about the learning process, education, or one’s own identity (Yeager & Walton). Simple interventions can seed the process of reinventing oneself as resilient in the face of these obstacles. In this session, participants will learn how these interventions can be implemented and then enhanced by more involved storytelling projects that allow students to develop not only a personal voice, but a public one.
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