short history of Storyline in Norway
were probably many previous occasions when Danish Storyline tutors
had been involved in that country, a workshop course organised
by Jørgen Frost, a Dane now working in the Bredtvet Kompetansessenter
in Oslo, was the first time that the author and his Danish colleague
Cecilie Falkenberg had been involved in Norway. This two-day course
given in the summer of 1997 created much interest, has become
an annual event. In May of 2001 a workshop course was arranged
specially for the staff of the Language Impairment department
of the centre. The participants generally work with individual
clients and so it will be interesting to see how the Storyline
ideas can be adapted to cope with this rather special circumstance.
to Bredtvet also led to a new series of courses being run with
Baerum Education Authority. These were organised by Jorunn Tweita,
a local authority adviser.
College of Education has become a Storyline centre through the
interest and enthusiasm of a team of lecturers led by Liv Torunn
Eik who published the first Norwegian book on the methodology
in the Spring of 1999. This group paid a study visit to Glasgow
in the Autumn of 1998.
group from the college is also organising a one-week long educational
visit to Scotland in the Autumn of 2001 with the intention that,
if successful, this could become an annual event.
School in Oslo has been a project school, taking students from
13 to 16 years, since the 70s. After two members of staff had
visited a Storyline course in Oslo in 1997 the whole staff were
brought on a study tour to Edinburgh where they experienced a
Storyline planning weekend. Elin Bonde the headteacher and Knut
Aage Teigen a teacher, have been instrumental in experimenting
with the methodology in its use with older students. A consultancy
visit in May 2001 showed just how far the staff has succeeded
in implementing Storyline ideas.
- latest at the top
Knut Åge Teigen
was the motto of the seven editors from the Norwegian publishing company,
GAN Forlag, visiting Steve Bell and Sallie Harkness at Strathclyde Universitiy
Jordanhill Campus November 10th. Eager to learn more about the Storyline
approach the editors were all ears and eyes during the day long work
shop. Steve and Sallie brought us through the episodes of the Capital
Tours storyline and in that way highlighting different aspects of Storyline.
We all felt that bringing a 'family' to life, having the chance to go
to different European capitals and exploring possible travel incidents
were not only exciting, but also a good way of showing us the main principles
of the approach.
Teachers & Trainers visit Scotland
October 2005, 75 student teachers and 4 trainers from Oslo University
College visited Glasgow. They stayed for nearly a week to learn about
the history of industrialisation in Glasgow, visiting New Lanark and
having lectures at Glasgow University among other activities. Another
important purpose for the visit was a one day meeting with Steve Bell
and Sallie Harkness of Storyline Scotland.
We met at our hotel McLays Guest House and the workshops with Steve
and Sallie took place in the dining rooms there. Steve gave the students
an introduction to theory and practice of the Storyline method and Sallie
presented literature-based Storylines. These two sessions gave the students
new ideas and really inspired them to work with Storyline. Two weeks
later during a short practice period some of the student teachers designed
their own Storylines and performed them in their classes. For their
next practice period all the students are to make Storylines.
Circle Seminar: Havna Rica Hotel
Tjøme, Norway 5th to 7th May 2005
delightful setting selected by Liv Torunn Eik and Knut Rune Olsen proved
to be ideal for our purposes. The starting session reviewed the First
Nordic Storyline Conference which had just finished and this was followed
by a presentation and discussion of the forthcoming International Storyline
Conference to be held in Glasgow in October 2006. What followed was
a succession of presentations by Storyline practitioners describing
in some detail major publications and developments from 11 countries.
Hotel, Toensberg, 2-4 May 2005
by Liv Torunn Eik, Knut Rune Olsen and colleagues from Vestfold University
College this conference proved to be a great success attracting 150
educators to the pre-conference courses and 180 delegates to the two-day
conference. It was the first Nordic Storyline Conference and Vestfold
are to be commended for their entrepreneurial enthusiasm. The programme
was well-balanced with four keynote speakers supported by a menu of
parallel sessions representing many educational interests. The full
programme can be found at the following website link.
the Storyline course in Oslo University College in January (see below)
the students spent a week working with all the classes in a school.
A record of their achievement can be seen on the website
to Oslo University College
Report from Marit Storhaug
January 17 and 18 student teachers and the staff at the Faculty of Education
of Oslo University College had the great opportunity to meet Steve Bell
and learn from his rich experience with Storyline. Steve was invited
to present Storyline to staff and the student teachers who are preparing
for their final practice period in their education programme. In the
fourth and final year of their education programme, many of the student
teachers are required to organise a Storyline project in their practice
period. The overall themes are "multicultural understanding"
and "human rights". The students take over a whole school
for one and a half weeks. Their pupils are from 6 to 16 years old (primary
and lower secondary school). Subjects that are involved are Social Studies
(History, Geography and Social Science), English and Religious Studies,
among others. By way of introducing the teaching practices Steve gave
two very informative presentations about both practical and theoretical
principles of Storyline. He greatly inspired the student teachers, their
teachers and a wider audience as well.
Last year the students made storylines on the same topics and their
experiences are described on this web site.
2nd-4th May 2005 in Toensberg, Norway
Conference is being organised by Knut Rune Olsen, Liv Torunn Eik and
their colleagues at the Vestfold University College in Toensberg.The
keynote speakers will include the noted Norwegian educationist Prof.Tom
Tiller from Tromsoe, Cecilie Falkenberg, editor of the Danish Storylinebogen
and Prof. Ria Heilä-Ylikallio from Finland whose special interest
is in how Storyline links wirth the study of literature and the teaching
of reading and writing. Steve Bell from Storyline-Scotland will give
a presentation on the development of Storyline. over the last thirty
Trainers visit Glasgow
Marit Storhaug, August 2004
16th August a group of lecturers from Oslo University College Faculty
of Teacher Education visited the University of Strathclyde's Jordanhill
Campus. The main purpose of this visit was to meet Steve Bell and discuss
ways in which Storyline might be used as a tool in the initial and inservice
training of teachers. The group represented a variety of different subject
areas; geography, science, social studies, history and English. Several
members of this group already knew Steve and his work and use Storyline
in their own teaching. They felt it would be useful to introduce other
colleagues to the method.This
meeting inspired these "new" colleagues to return home and
start using what they had learned. They were particularly interested
in the possibilities the method offers for collaboration between colleagues
who teach different subjects as this is an area which is strongly emphasised
in the new plans for teacher education in Norway.
book is one of a series of three which have been written to support
teachers and students who are working with Storyline in primary education.
Each deals with a different stage - early education, the middle years
and the upper stages. The authors are Liv
Torunn Eik and Knut
Rune Olsen, lecturers in Vestfold College of Education, Merete Fagernes
a very experienced tutor in early education and Janne Fausganger of
Stavanger College of Education specialising in mathematics. The books
aim to model good practice with examples suitable for the selected stages
and demonstrate how these link to sound educational targets in problem
solving and social competence.Click here for the publisher's website
Teachers visit American Community School, Cobham, England
Wednesday, the 14th of April, 35 Norwegian educators from Askollen skole,
Drammen, Norway visited the American Community School, Cobham, England.
The purpose of their visit was to learn about effective teaching strategies
including Storyline. Rebecca Plaskitt hosted their visit sharing about
a current historical storyline, multiple uses of math manipulatives,
and ideas for teaching reading and writing. The photos show the Norwegian
teachers participating in these activities. In addition, the guests
were introduced to our art program as well as our special needs and
guidance program. The ACS presenters included Mrs. Pike, a 4th grade
teacher, Mrs. Meadows, the art teacher and Mrs. Walker-Williams, the
guidance counselor. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful spring day as they
ate lunches, toured the school and took photos. Anne-Margrete Marthinsen,
Head of Askollenskole, presented our school with several Norwegian children's
books that will be added to the International languages section of our
school library. This opportunity to exchange educational ideas was a
benefit for all the teachers involved.
News from Oslo
message from Marit Storhaug, an associate professor at the faculty of
Education at Oslo University College. "We are nine colleagues in
both social science and science education. We work in an interdisplinary
way with environmental issues in a course called Nature, Society
and Environment.' This year we got a quality prize for the
best learning environment from our college which we hope to use for
a study tour to Scotland." Their programme, this September, will
include a visit to the New Lanark Museum followed by a Storyline course
at Jordanhill Campus of Strathclyde University . Marit says in her request
for a presentation - "Some of us teach Storyline to the students
and we are all interested to learn more about it." Their interesting
website describes their previous experiences with this approach.
a stimulus to dialoque (in Norwegian)
Åge Teigen, a teacher at Ringstabekk skole, has written an essay
on storyline as a vehicle for tolerance and dialogue. The essay was
the written exam for the course in Religion, "Can you learn dialogue?",
at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. The storyline described
and analyzed was called "Rainbow Street", based on the familiar
"Our Street"- structure, and used in 9th grade secondary school.
The main goals were related to the subjects Religion and Social Science.
The essay's title was "Tolerance, freedom of beliefs and the multicultural
Norway - storyline as an entrance to dialogue in the classroom".
Next Golden Circle
Seminar in Norway
Torunn Eik, Knut Rune Olsen and their team of colleagues at Vestfold
College of Education, Tønsberg, have established an exciting
Storyline Centre in Norway. Apart from the growing number of publications
they are producing, they also organise a Storyline Network which meets
at regular intervals giving teachers and lecturers opportunities to
share their experiences. At the recent meeting in Elsinore, Denmark,
the Vestfold Team offered to host the next seminar of the Golden Circle
in May 2005 in Tønsberg.
Ringstabekk School, Norway
new multinational energy company, ENERTIBE, was established in Baerum,
Norway, last autumn. The company has branches on all continents and
you'll find ENERTIBE in countries such as USA, China, South-Africa,
Chile and India. It's all about green and alternative energy and ENERTIBE
tries to follow up what was discussed at United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development in Johannesburg in the same period.
The teacher Knut Åge Teigen, Ringstabekk skole, Baerum, together
with two students are the authors of an article where they present and
comment on this storyline.
Using Storyline in Haram Upper Secondary School, Norway
years ago a group of staff and colleagues from local businesses working
in Haram Upper Secondary School in Norway visited Glasgow to find out
more about using Storyline for their educational purposes.
Jan Magne Helland and Ivar Roald, the leaders of the study tour, have
just been in contact to inform me about the latest developments. They
report that since then they have expanded and developed further their
way of using Storyline in close co-operation with industry and commerce.
They state that for the next few years they will develop a new future-oriented
study offer which they call International Business Development (IBD).
Storyline as a method has turned out to be suitable when they use industry
and commerce as an extended learning area. They will try to develop
this further when their students accompany the local firms to their
international learning area.
Item in Norwegian E-Magazine
Knut Aage Teigen, a teacher at Ringstabekk skole, Oslo, has written
about the forthcoming International Storyline Conference and its significance
to Norwegian teachers. The article can be reached by clicking below
books in Norwegian
Arne Wølner of the Vestfold College of Education has just informed
me that two new books have been published by the University Publishers
in Oslo this August. The authors are Liv Torun Eik, Janne Fauskanger,
Knut Rune Olsen and Tor Arne Wølner. To keep up to date with
all the Storyline literature available in Norwegian and other Scandinavian
languages please click below:
for learning on the Net
Kvinesdal Upper Secondary School Team
7th 2003 was a very special day for Storyline in Norway. On this day
Kvinesdal Upper Secondary School presented the Storyline-Toolbox to
Steve Bell and many other invited guests. This programme gives the opportunity
to use the Storyline Method in web-based teaching. It is a totally new
web programme designed from scratch especially for this purpose. It
is thought by the design team that it can be of value in the teaching
of any subject and that it is suitable for use from kindergarten to
college level. The first subject available is an internet-based teaching
programme for kindergarten assistants. The team believe that this is
just the start.
A Norwegian Resource
Centre for Storyline
Upper Secondary School now has several years of experience in using
Storyline for teaching students at that level, something which is not
so common in Norway. In May 2002 it was decided that the school would
become a Resource Centre for Storyline teaching in Norway. Courses are
now being offered in ordinary classroom teaching and in the use of the
Storyline-Toolbox mentioned above. For more information click on http://storyline.kvinesdal.vgs.no/
Tømmerbakke, a Primary 7 class teacher in Løkeberg school
in Haslum, Norway, has recently reported a very interesting visit made
to Gloucester Primary School in Peckham, London, as part of a Comenius
project. A school in Italy, "A. Gandiglio" situated in Fano,
completes the group of three schools connected to this project for a
period of three years. The main thrust will be film-making and creating
e-mail contact between pupils but teachers are also encouraged to visit
each other's schools to get to know the staff involved and also each
other's school systems. On this first visit the Norwegian teachers involved
the English pupils in a Storyline about Trolls. The picture shows class
4D, taught by Mrs Diana Valcheva, and the children who participated.
material and Storyline
attending the Seminar of the Norwegian Storyline Network in Vestfold
College of Education recently I met Arvid Undebakke, the managing director
of a company called Percolo A/S. He showed me a new building material
which he has designed with illustrations of how it had been used
together with Storyline. Arvid explained: "The notches on the blocks
also fit together mathematically. Two blocks with 3 notches make 1 block
with 6 notches. In this way, mathematics is practiced on both a practical
and theoretical level. This, in turn, helps a child's understanding
of mathematics. Two Storyline booklets written by Merethe Fagernaes
have also been produced called "The Viking Farm" and "The
Loghouse Village". Percolo Playwood is used in both Storylines
where mathematics is the leading subject for Ages 6-13." Visualisation
plays and important part in the methodology and it is obvious that this
material is yet another creative option for teachers. www.percolo.com
Fausganger, a lecturer in the College of Education in Stavanger, has
written a paper in this journal entitled 'Storyline - with Mathematics
inside or outside?' She presented an outline of her paper at The Golden
Circle seminar in Iceland in May and it was enthusiastically received
by the participants. She gives very clear examples of the variety of
ways in which Storyline can provide the context for the teaching of
mathematics - either within the story or on the periphery.
The Journal is published in Norwegian by Universitetsforlaget,
ISSN 0029-2052 and is dated 4/2002
Storyline be used in a
Technical High School?
Thirteen members of staff from Haram Vidaregåande skule (Haram
Upper Secondary School) from Brattvåg, Norway, visited Glasgow
to attend a one-day Storyline course with Steve Bell on Monday 1st October.
They were accompanied by three representatives from the business community
of their home area. The school is particularly engaged in preparing
students for careers in the engineering and technical fields and are
interested to know if Storyline can be adapted as an approach that would
fit effectively into their system. This would be another 'first' since
I am unaware of Storyline being used elsewhere in a technical high school
like this. I look forward with great interest to see what may develop.
Storyline in Norwegian Journal
lively debate has been stimulated by a paper written by Nina Goga, published
in the Teachers' Journal, Norsklæreren No 1 2001. In it she details
her rather critical views of the Storyline approach. This has encouraged
a lively debate that has resulted in two further articles being published.
The first written by Knut-Rune Olsen of Vestfold College of Education,
in Norsklæreren No 2 2001, in which he argues against the negative
points raised in the first article and his views are then supported
by Liv Torunn Eik, another colleague at Vestfold in Norsklæreren
No 3 2001.
A new Norwegian book has just been published which describes Storyline
as experienced by members of staff at Ringstabekk skole in Bærum,
Oslo. Ringstabekk has been a Project school since the early 70s and
it is only in recent years that they have been experimenting with Storyline
as a strategy for their teaching. The book is published by Universitetsforlag,
is entitled "Moderne Pedagogikk" and is written by six members
of staff - Bjørn Bolstad (editor), Elin Bonde (headteacher),
Inger Haugerud, Ingrid Jacobsen, Ellen Raaum and Knut Aage Teigen. ISBN:
Save the Children
Olsen and Liv Torunn Eik, have written this Storyline teaching material
about the Save the Children organisation in Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.
All children have the right to go to school!
That is the message they want to get across and in their opinion Storyline
designs can help to motivate children's learning with the mutual respect
that it encourages.
the Gap" impresses Norway!
help bridge the gap between the generations? The answer is most certainly,'Yes!
This was impressively
demonstrated when teachers from Ringstabekk skole in Norway last Monday
met up with Pip Tench and Ged Stanton at St. Thomas Moore High School
in Newcastle, England.
got to see several examples about how young pupils were mixed with elderly
people to encourage learning through Storyline. One Storyline was about
Trench Warfare, another was named "A Town for the Future."
The oldest persons contributing were 101-years old! Meeting three students
who were part of this Storyline experiment confirmed the impression
of how this approach can help to build self-esteem. The students were
so excited when talking about their work. Intergenerational learning
is in many ways unexplored territory and the visit to Newcastle gave
many ideas about how it can be done effectively.
Thanks to Pip and Ged for being so generous! Knut Aage Teigen, Marit
Loekke and Inger-Elisabeth Haugerud , Ringstabekk skole, Bærum,
College of Education
leaflet has been produced in Norway by a Storyline team in Vestfold
College of Education to inform about the principles behind Storyline
and giving the reasons for using it as an educational strategy. It is
also used to advertise the variety of Storyline courses being presented
by members of staff at the college.
Vestfold, which is situated in Toensberg, south of Oslo, will also be
the venue for the second meeting of the Norwegian Siver Circle Seminar
in September this year.
in Language Teacher Education
Ulseth of Østfold College of Education, Norway is the coordinator
of a Lingua-A project under the Socrates programme Intercomprehension
in Language Teacher Education. 'From Language Teacher to Teacher of
Languages' aims at offering tools to enhance pluralinguilism in the
foreign language classroom. Intercomprehension is a key notion and the
development of language and cultural awareness an ultimate objective.
She and her colleagues consider Storyline as a strategy to reach their
in Danish Journal
title of the article is "Reflection makes us wiser - Experiences
at Ringstabekk school in Norway". The main point in the article
is to describe how the teachers at Ringstabekk learned about Storyline
and how they have integrated Storyline into their own work. First of
all two teachers attended a course about storyline with Steve Bell in
Norway. Then they had to share this experience with the rest of the
staff. Secondly, some teachers working in a teaching team, tried out
Storyline in their own classes. They saw it was good.
The staff then decided to go to Edinburgh to learn more. They had a
wonderful design course with Steve. All teams then had to try out the
Storyline they had written at the course. At our staff meetings the
teams shared their experiences. Of course this led to many discussions,
even disagreements, but the main thing is that they learned from each
other. In this way Storyline was implemented as an important learning
strategy at the school and became a method all teachers used.
The authors of the article are Elin Bonde (Headteacher), Ellen and Knut
Aage Teigen. Pædagogisk Orientering is a Danish pedagogical journal
which is published six times a year.
situated to the southwest of Oslo, used to be a whaling harbour. The
penguin sculpture, which decorates the harbour walk, is a reminder of
the town's link with the Antarctic. This attractive seaport has now
become a centre for Storyline education. A very active team led by Liv
Torunn Eik and Knut Rune Olsen of Vestfold College of Education, organised
a morning conference for 150 students
and teachers on Wednesday 18th September 2002. On the afternoon of the
same day the Norwegian Network of Storyline Teachers (Silver Circle)
started a two-day seminar to share their experiences of working with
this strategy. This event was organised by the same team together with
Knut Aage Teigen of Ringstabekk school in Oslo. Steve Bell was delighted
to be invited to speak to both groups.
Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica, September 2002
delegates attended this three-day conference on the Early Registration
of Language Difficulties. The participants, mainly educational psychologists
and speech therapists, were treated to a variety of presentations from
prominent keynote speakers and given opportunities to choose from a
menu of workshop/seminars. One of these was a Storyline course for 56
participants entitled 'Storyline as an interventionist approach to language
about storyline in 9th grade Norway
From Knut Aage Teigen, Ringstabekk school, Oslo,Norway
was a cold morning in November. The residents of Rainbow Street were
in shock. "What had happened during the night in this peaceful
street? Who would do such a terrible thing?" On the window of the
grocer's big red painted letters were screaming "Immigrants = Parasites".
In the days to come suspiciousness ruled the street. During this storyline
of the daily life and incidents in Rainbow Street the pupils of class
9B at Ringstabekk skole in Norway are confronted with common attitudes,
challenges and prejudices of our modern multicultural society. In their
article for Klikk, a magazine published by the Norwegian Board of Education
two 15-year-old students Marianne Hessan and Ole Bolstad tell in a lively
way about the storyline from the perspective of the pupils. They tell
about the incidents, the concert they gave and what they learned from