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Welcome to Story Barrio! Make yourself at home ­čÖé

STORY BARRIO = STORY REPOSITORY + STORY SPICE

STORY REPOSITORY = stories for teaching (English to) teens & adults

STORY SPICE = how to craft stories

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Stories + story-writing tips = this blog.

Lesson plans inspired by the stories = our monthly newsletter.

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WHY?

  • With 36 years of teaching experience (combined!), we don’t want to settle
  • We believe lesson and materials design is the spice of teaching
  • We resist the constraints imposed by bland teaching resources
  • Stories live their own lives in the classroom
  • Story-rich lessons are juicier and hard to forget
  • Crafting your own texts for teaching is a fascinating learning experience
  • We want you to give classroom story-writing a go ­čśë

STORY REPOSITORY

We search for stories and we are lucky to find them. More often than not, they find us!

These stories often need a loving touch before they are ready to use for teaching, training or presentation purposes (in our case, mainly teaching and mainly English as a foreign language). So we give them an editing cuddle. They may be half-baked lessons but the stories themselves are ready to reach you.

When a story is good to go, we post it on Story Barrio (flagged, surprise surprise, as STORY ). We add some background info so you can make good friends with the story and deep dive.

Then it is over to you – take the story, give it your own kisses and hugs, and use it in your teaching, training or presentations.

If you want to get our lesson ideas inspired by the Barrio’s stories, subscribe to our monthly email newsletter. (Click on “monthly email newsletter” on the left or scroll down the page for the proper click-and-subscribe experience!)

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STORY SPICE

We refuse to rest on the laurels. We dread the prospect of turning self-complacent and smug about our story creating skills. So we make time to learn about the art of story, narrative and plot writing.

Whatever we learn, we share in the Barrio. All the posts flagged as SPICE are capsules of story creation wisdom we get to stumble upon.

So, look at the SPICE sections as evidence of our learning and a log of our exploration of the story architecture.

If you want to get our lesson ideas inspired by the Barrio’s stories, subscribe to our monthly email newsletter.┬á(Click on “monthly email newsletter” on the left or scroll down the page for the proper click-and-subscribe experience!)


STORY BARRIO COUNCILLORS

Who are we?

Teacher friends: Beata Palińska & Milada Krajewska

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PS: We like Banksy for a number of reasons. Here is one:

I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.

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