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Kevin MacKenzie
Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Middle (Grades 6-9)
Elementary (Grades K - 5)

Kevin MacKenzie

Kevin was the boy who couldn't sit still, stop wiggling or chatting, and wore a path to the principal's office. His ADHD makes him unique. Thirty years ago, you may not have wanted Kevin in your class. But today - you will. Kevin has left a trail of stories at schools, festivals, conferences, residencies, retreats, in libraries, prisons, colleges,and other events across Canada and in Brazil, Great Britain, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and the USA. An experienced teacher of storytelling, Kevin served as the storyteller in residence for the Regina Public Library, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Regina Board of Education. For five years, Kevin shared his stories on a weekly basis with vulnerable youth for the Ranch Ehrlo Society. His experience with teens is matched by his expertise with younger children, as Kevin is an early childhood educator, and the author of two DVDs of original fingerplays called Fingersplay: Fingerplays and Action Rhymes for Children, and Moo Buzz Splash! Fingersplay garnered a place on the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Our Choice list in 2003. Kevin tells original stories, child powered improvised stories, folk and fairy tales, myths, legends, life stories, multilingual tongue twisters, and teaches explosive first draft and motivational writing workshops. Kevin has given keynotes and workshops on creativity, storytelling, and fingerplays and classroom-based self regulation at conferences and teacher training days around the globe. ... Testimonials: One story, I told it to my grandmother! - Oscar age 9 - Collegio Americano De Torreon, Mexico Never do something else than telling stories. It's amazing how fascinating stories can be if you tell them in the right way! Thanks! - Fenna, Age 15 - exchange student from Germany - Hazlet School, Saskatchewan Your improvised story, weaving suggestions from the students into a humorous tale, had a great impact on the students. Grades 5s are still talking about the event. Some have promised me their own story based on what they watched you create. - Meredith MacKeen, Teacher Librarian, - Glen Stewart School, Prince Edward Island ... The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart.

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