Tally Up!

Tally Up!

David Novak shares activities from storytelling, creative dramatics, and arts-integrated lessons combining math and literacy. Effective storytelling requires basic numeracy, sequencing, and combinatorics. The writing of language and the recording of stories emerged from tallying and record keeping. Today, the word “tell” continues to mean “tally.” A Bank Teller counts money; a Story Teller recounts events. They must both be able to manage various equations; the one involves numbers, the other involves narrative. Beginning with simple nursery rhymes then progressing through folk tales and literature, we learn to make effective stories while developing related mathematical skills. Tell & Tally addresses Essential Standards in Theatre Arts, Language Arts, and in Math such as Abstract and Quantitative Reasoning, Modeling, and Pattern Recognition.

Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.


Artist Background

David Novak tells stories to enhance learning, engage emotion, and find common ground. A performing and teaching artist with the Wolf Trap Institute, Lincoln Center, L.A. Music Center, festivals and schools across the nation. David’s tours abroad include New Zealand, Asia, and the Czech Republic. A Master Storyteller for The Disney Institute, he was awarded the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, and is often featured at the National Storytelling Festival. His background is in arts education, theatre, and creative writing. David is a published author and recording artist, living in Asheville, NC.


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