Matthew James Friday works at TASIS as a grade 5 teacher and resident storyteller. He developed his interactive storytelling method when teaching in elementary schools in London and has since shared the method with international schools all over Europe and Asia. In the last eighteen months, Matthew has been a guest storyteller at schools in Berlin, Bucharest, Bonn, and Rotterdam. In his method, the students are actively involved in the storytelling as actors while Matthew tells the story. The audience is also called upon to contribute sound effects and motions and answer questions.
Over the last ten years, Matthew has participated in numerous storytelling festivals and university and teacher-training conferences where he instructs educators to develop skills and confidence with storytelling. In addition, he has created hours of professional development for the schools he has worked in. His next workshop will be at the Milan International Teacher Association (MITA) Conference 2019, and he will also lead another workshop at TASIS soon.