"Students were highly engaged, thoughtful about stories and the purpose of stories. "Miss Mo" is a master of her craft. . . (she) used the time perfectly, told a wonderful Japanese folk tale and wove it into a personal story, then scaffolded the experience setting students up to do the same with a folk/fairy tale of their own choosing (which we will continue). . . She reminded me of so many things I should be doing better as a teacher,
L. Hoke. Lincoln County High School
Mo Goes to Schools
Storytelling invites connection, inspires confidence, and encourages compassion. It also calls upon memory and creates conversations around theme, perspective, narrator, setting, and more. Listening and telling stories improves the capacity to both learn and empathize.
I am based in Idaho have created a series of workshops that meet a wide range of Idaho ELA content standards. Go HERE to see a description of the workshops.
If you live in Montana, then you can bring storytelling to your school for FREE through Humanities Montana. Go HERE to start the process. We simply set a date then you submit the application and voila!!. . . storytelling in your school!
Not in Idaho or Montana? Fret not! We can arrange a school visit or an online performance workshop. Just reach out and we will plan a way to tell stories together.
"Mo Reynolds is amazing. I reached out to her and--together--we planned an opening for a unit on To Kill a Mockingbird with my 10th grade English students. We were "good to go" until... the Spring 2020 Covid-19 Shelter Place was ordered. Mo didn't miss a beat and she and I seamlessly transitioned our plans to remote learning. Because of the hype of having a professional story-teller coming to class and then the fact that word travels fast, the first set of students participated and shared with their friends who then enthusiastically attended the second session. I can't wait to work with her again this year on student narrative writing (remote, hybrid or in person)!"
Whitefish High School
"Your passion for life is contagious (for all ages)--you are radiant in speech, spirit, and presence. Your phrase, “Just because I fail three times, it doesn’t mean I have to fail forever” was truly life shifting for me. Thank you. Let’s cross paths again soon. And, enjoy winter!"
Nikki R. (Whitefish High School)
Dear Mo, I really appreciate you coming in and speaking with us. I sometimes have a hard time laughing at myself, and hearing you share an "embarrassing" time in your life and laughing about it instead of trying to hide it is inspirational to me. You are very talented with words and keeping things engaging--especially for a group of teenagers. Thank you! - Ella
Dear Mo, Thank you for telling us your stories. I really liked and appreciated how you could laugh at yourself and it was ok for us to laugh too. It was overall a really fun and engaging way to teach stories and show us how fun stories can be. - Emi