S6E135: Literacy- Games and Storytelling with Michael Low


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Literacy- Games and Storytelling

Michael Low is a writing teacher and curriculum developer with over two decades of experience. He's also a tabletop game designer who designs and runs story-telling games for kids from 7-13 that use the inspirational, collaborative nature of role-playing to get kids writing page after page for the sheer joy of it. You can find his writing classes (homeschool accredited) at LuckOfLegends.com, and his print to play at home monthly games and podcast at StoriesRPG.com.

If you are a regular listener to the show, receive my email newsletter, follow me on social media or are part of the community through Patreon or Clubhouse you will probably know a few things about my beliefs around learning;

1. That learners need to have agency in their lives and learning. Yes, that includes our children.

2. I am a big believer in games and the gamification of learning. In fact Gameschooling is something that I think everyone can incorporate into their homeschool at some point.

3. Learning should be joyful and meaningful. Sure, it can be challenging. But it doesn't have to to be rigorous just to prove it's good or worthy. Learning is not meant to be shameful. It's meant to be fun.

Michael Low also believes in the power of games, (role playing games especially), learner agency and meaning in learning. He also believes in the power of story. That's why he is dedicated to helping young learners write, speak, think, collaborate, think critically and fall in love with storytelling.

In This Episode

I love hearing insight from educators that have chosen to create and support learners in diverse ways that look nothing like what happens within the classroom walls. Learning to write through play? Looking for fun and collaboration in the writing process? Games and stories that engage our children from start to finish? Then listen to this episode. In this episode Michael and I dive into:

  • The power of learner agency
  • Why School is a badly designed game
  • The gaps in the education institution and how we'd like it to shift
  • His measurement of success~ teaching the skills learners need to learn on their own
  • You can't learn if you don't trust
  • Deschooling
  • The amazing gifts and joys of role playing games
  • Learning to write through play and games
  • Collaborative Story Telling Engagement

Resources For Parents and Homeschoolers

Michael's games and classes are Homeschool Accredited.

Learning To Write Through Play- Luck Of Legends

Podcast and Stories- Stories RPG

Luck Of Legends

Michael's Blog

Peter Gray- Free To Learn

Listen to my interview with Dr. Peter Gray. Or my episode on Building Literacy At Home.

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