The GFF HELPS Philippines Team continues to provide a quality education through online storytelling with children ages 9-12 from Banga, Aklan, Philippines. Online storytelling is one of the innovative pedagogical approaches that can engage students in deep and meaningful learning. It is a powerful tool to integrate instructional messages with learning activities to create more engaging and exciting learning environments. Thus, we provide stories that revolve around meaningful topics and activities constructed from the topic that will gear them towards the application of learnings. The parents truly appreciate the benefits that their children acquire and do their best to make them involve in every storytelling session.
We make certain that each participant will be able to participate to feel inclusion. We show our appreciation through digital prizes and their smiles indicate their appreciation. We also suggest a better composition of their answers during the lesson to help them present their answers more clearly. We make constructive corrections especially in pronunciation and we always ensure that they understand complex words.
It is pleasing to hear their laughs but what’s more rewarding is to see their improvements and that they also serve as teachers of their younger siblings. One of our participants named Stella who has a younger brother said, “Teacher, my mom wants my younger brother to learn too.”
This only shows that their interest was awakened when they see other children participating in our storytelling. We are happy to see them in every storytelling session and their friends and siblings joining them too.