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Matthew James Friday

International School Teacher, Literacy Consultant and Professional Storyteller

Matthew is a classroom teacher, professional storyteller, writer and literacy consultant, and he works in an international school in Germany. He has experience teaching across all grades in elementary/primary schools in England, Germany and Asia. He is also a published writer and professional storyteller for children. As well as doing storytelling in schools, he has worked in museums, galleries and at charity events. Matthew has delivered university lectures and Professional Development workshops to teachers on literacy and storytelling. Matthew tells myths, legends, fables and folk tales from around the world in English, and he has worked with Thai and Chinese translators delivering in a bi-lingual setting. As a writer, Matthew is a widely published poet with over 60 poems published in journals and magazines around the world. He has had published many articles about education and storytelling. In addition, he has experience writing and directing theatre plays for adults and children.

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    • Literacy

      A Voice Worth Listening To

      Writing poetry can help students find confidence in their voice, and you can incorporate it into your curriculum with these mini-units.
    • Communication Skills

      Learning to Hook an Audience

      The author’s fifth-grade students practiced a variety of skills in order to make 25-minute verbal and visual presentations on their inquiry-based projects.
    • Interest-Based Learning

      Hooking the Youngest Students on History

      Use storytelling and playacting to draw early elementary students into the study of history.
    • Literacy

      Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

      Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.
    • Literacy

      The Gift of Being a Dyslexic Teacher

      A dyslexic teacher can be more attentive in the classroom, sensitive to struggling students and modelling how to compensate for this spectrum disorder.
    • English-Language Learners

      How Storytelling Inspires Children to Learn English

      When you engage your English-language learners through the power, fun, and sharing of narrative, the formal elements of language acquisition will follow more easily.
    • Literacy

      The Power of Poetry in Primary Classrooms

      Poetry is an effective tool for broadening elementary students' reading choices, strengthening sentence-level skills, teaching ELLs about English, and reinforcing learning across many subjects.
    • Literacy

      The Power of the Postcard

      Postcards may seem like relics of the snail-mail age, but they can still provide an exciting, fascinating entree into literacy for new readers and writers.
    • After-School Learning

      The After-School Shakespeare Club

      A teacher at an international school led his upper elementary English-language learners through a triumphant, self-created reimagining of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
    • Alternative Scheduling

      Lunchtime Is Club Time

      Enrich your students' day with lunchtime clubs, offering them an opportunity for focused fun -- whether it's art, acting, creative writing, or Doctor Who.
    • Literacy

      Young Storytellers: The Tale Begins

      Engaging children in the storytelling arts can easily enhance curriculum and social-emotional learning while building confidence and strengthening the school community.

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