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Snack Time for Story Geeks: Story Games & Social Hour

In this ongoing, lively and inclusive social club, we warm up our imaginations before playing a story game and socializing. Neurodiversity celebrated. A fun opportunity for ESL learners to practice English conversation.
Kiera Astrid
78 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 27 learners
Class
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
9-13
year olds
2-12
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Next on Fri, Sep 30

Meets Once per week
Friday
1:00 – 1:50 PM
7 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
 English conversation practice 
As teacher and moderator, I come from an inclusive and informed neurodivergent-affirming perspective with significant experience living and working in diverse communities. I show up with a natural enthusiasm for story, kids, and creative thinking. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and an MLIS in Library and Information Science. My professional experience includes working as a writer, editor, youth services librarian, medical research librarian, and substitute teacher. I'm the author of three middle grade hi/lo history books (FlashPoints series, Full Tilt Press 2020). My writing also includes short stories, personal essay, humor, literary journalism, and creative nonfiction. It has appeared in various formats including national and regional newspapers, public radio, literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. 

In addition to teaching on Outschool, I work for a university as an adjunct faculty in their English Department. I teach undergraduate and graduate level literature and creative writing courses. I'm also a member of the ALA and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. I volunteer as a trained listener and regional chapter leader for the international nonprofit Sidewalk Talk. Sidewalk Talk offers compassionate listening in public spaces as a path to social health. 

I believe stories are magical teachers. Through stories we learn about ourselves, each other, and our world. Stories open our minds and our hearts. They make us laugh. Stories comfort us when our abilities or identities have been mislabeled or misunderstood. I repeatedly point out to participants that our brains are wired for story and encourage them to notice the stories in so many places in their lives: books, film, tv shows, at the dinner table, commercials, history, science, art, and our minds. 
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.

Teacher

Kiera Astrid
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Lives in the United States
I believe in the power of story to educate, connect, and heal.
78 total reviews
35 completed classes

About Me

Stories are magical teachers! 

Through stories we learn about ourselves, each other, and our world. We're introduced to differences and reminded of our similarities. Stories open our minds and hearts. Stories comfort us when our abilities or...Β 
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