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What lessons should we learn from fairytales?
Fairy tales often bring to mind rosy-cheeked children, sunny preschool classrooms, and lavishly illustrated storybooks. It is no surprise, then, that fairy tales become but an aspect of the childishness we put away later on in life, never to pick up again. But the truth is that fairy tales were created, told, and re-told by people very much like us — adults who led busy lives, engaged in hard, often physical work. They entertained themselves with tales produced not by commercial speculation, but by the timeless act of passing a story down from generation to generation, from hearth to hearth. We like to pride ourselves on the unique complexity of our twenty-first century world, but who can claim with any seriousness that the world of yesteryear — the world that gave birth to story-telling traditions — was any less exposed to hard problems of love, life and death?
Good teaching is a mysterious recipe: one part good content, one part excellent presentation, and one part fairy dust that brings the whole thing together. We submit that myth, legend, and tall tales have a lot to offer the world of e-Learning. Since learners love stories, why not follow the formula of fantasy to make your e-Learning courses a huge success? Below we offer 8 fairy tale takeaways that you can and should apply to your next e-course or PowerPoint presentation. No one wants to watch a movie where the dragon eats St. John, or Grendel trounces Beowulf. The same goes for e-Learning: students need to know their success is assured.
Once upon a time, I stopped watching Disney and started reading the original fairy tales, and my life went downhill from there. A few things can be learned from a childhood spent devouring Greek myths, Arabian legends and the classic tales of Grimm, Perrault and Andersen. Life is difficult and challenging; bad things happen to good people; the course of true love never runs smooth; and we all live happily ever after. Barrie, Peter Pan. Little Red Riding Hood: Invest in good eye care. Everyone needs to venture off the beaten track at some point in his or her life, so no one can blame Red for doing that.
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What do we call it when an author takes a classic fairy tale and changes it into something completely different? Kids love them. We asked teachers across the country for their fractured-fairy-tale lesson plans. Here are the top 11 ideas. Record the list on a piece of chart paper. Storytelling is becoming a lost art. You will be amazed at how your students respond as they paint pictures in their minds while listening to your words.
I love fairy tales. Love them. Anything having to do with fairy tales — whether it be books, art, film or theatre — immediately draws me in, and I've learned quite a few life lessons from fairy tales because of this. Luckily, I'm not alone in my love of a good old fashioned story: fairy tale retellings have been around since the beginning of time, and now we have movies, young adult novels, and television series that play off the legends of Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping White, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. I've even written a few fairy tale retellings myself.