True Story Training for K-12 Teachers: Introduction and Overview (O/D)


Welcome from the Write Magic team

Welcome to Module 1, The Story Engine, of True Story Training for K-12 Teachers.

Every teacher has unique needs, as do their students. Our goal is to help you get the most out of this course, both during your study and later, when you deliver the effective narrative methods in your classroom. You will find the support we offer is tailored to your unique teaching and student requirements. These methods have been tested with students and teachers, including special education teachers. This means we know that students can learn and apply these methods, regardless of age and ability. However, if required, we can help you adapt the methods to ensure you can meet your students unique learning needs, abilities and knowledge levels.

If you need help or have questions during the course or after, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your tutor, Alice McTyer, at Write Magic at either [email protected] or via the Face Book group for Write Magic students and graduates (invitation to join this group can be found in the instructions below.)

Good luck,

Write Magic team

What to do: Please read carefully

  1. Watch the video above. You can pause and replay the video if you need to. The information in the video is also summarised below. This video is an introduction to the course. There is no assessment on the contents. However, you must watch the video in full to progress in the course. This is a requirement of this course’s accreditation. The best way to watch each video in this course is to set aside 10-15 minutes without distractions to watch the video in full in one sitting.
    • Having problems watching the video? The first thing to do is to refresh your screen and press play again. If that doesn’t work, some browsers might need their caches, cookies and browsers cleared to play embedded videos. You can do this in your browser’s Privacy Settings. If you still need help, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] to get a direct link to the video emailed to you.
  2. Spend a few moments familiarising yourself with the layout of the course pages. On desktop, the course contents appear on the left. On mobile, they appear at the bottom of this page. Your profile button – with your account link – is located in the top right corner. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact your tutor, [email protected] .
  3. Sign up here for our private, monitored Face Book group for Write Magic students and graduates. You will get access to free teaching resources, ongoing support and a friendly community of teachers. This group is designed to both facilitate collaboration and provide assistance and resources to help you more easily teach the strategies learned here. If you aren’t on Face Book, don’t worry. Let your tutor know when you email them your task (below), and we will arrange to send you teaching resources via email.
  4. Complete the task (below). In this task, you will introduce yourself to your tutor. Note, the task link will only appear when the video has been watched in full.
  5. If you have any questions or you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact your tutor, Alice, at [email protected] Alice is here to help you, and no question is too small or too silly.

What You Will Learn

This Lesson introduces the content, philosophy and learning outcomes for The Story Engine, which is Module 1 of True Story Training for K-12 Teachers.

These are samples only. If you are enrolled in this course, you will get the full teacher's manual in Lesson 1 and the poster kit when you graduate. 

SAMPLE Teacher's Manual and Worksheets

  • with age / ability-adapted worksheets and lesson plans

SAMPLE The Story Engine Posters (20+ Colourful classroom posters)