Friendship Timeline

In this week’s reading, I was introduced to the Center for Digital Story Telling.  The center’s mission is to “listen deeply, tell stories”   How wonderful to be encouraged to listen deeply to stories.

In my guidance lessons, specially with younger children, I read to them almost every lesson.   Some of the books children have enjoyed in the past are listed here.  They love listening to stories.

Now, I am thinking grade 5 students can do the telling of their own stories;  a digital story of their friendships. Steve did this lesson this year with paper and pencil, and he shared with me that the kids really got into it.  Children became aware of their own social development, and gained insight into their preferences for friends.  They reflected back on their joys and growing pains. I am picturing this project as a reflection of children’s friendships during elementary school years.

Kids, share your story!      

*For this lesson, I will use Cogdogroo’s  wikispace for my resources. (This wiki is amazingly helpful! It has a section on 50+ Web 2.0 ways to tell a story.)

*picture from


About Naho Kikuchi

Elementary school counselor at The American School in Japan. Living and working in West Tokyo since 1997. Forever trying to figure out how to balance work, family and time for myself.
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