Bobby is a much sought after presenter whose highly energenic and dynamic style entertains and inspires his audiences. He stresses character education in the classroom and discusses the importance of mentors and role models in helping students reach their full potential.
Through examination of Bobby’s life-story, this down-to-earth presentation illustrates techniques which help children use their own stories to develop enthusiasm for learning and education. As a child, Bobby was a shy, quiet boy prone to stuttering. He grew up in a rough North St. Louis neighborhood where many young men became casualties of the street. But through supportive role models and a learned enthusiasm for words and story, Bobby grew to become an Emmy award-winning storyteller. This keynote presentation demonstrates how he overcame the odds to become a world-renowned artist, author and workshop leader. His struggles and triumphs offer valuable lessons for parents and educators who aspire to help children to realize their talents and achieve their dreams.
In this dynamic keynote address, Mr. Norfolk discusses in detail the ways and means that educators can empower their students to achieve character education lessons by simply having them understand the morals in stories, myths, folktales, and legends. Combining the wisdom of many cultures, Bobby offers a multicultural pattern for curriculum developers to follow. In modern society, students and the general public are constantly being bombarded with negative messages: the need for alcohol, cigarettes and drugs are cool, violence solves problems; bad guys always win and good guys are nerds. Educators see the need to counter these messages with a formal curriculum in public schools. Bobby Norfolk provides to educators and parents suggested activities, lesson plans, ideas, and stories to help promote character education traits in the classroom & home. Common values include kindness; honesty; loyalty to parents and family members; cooperation, responsibility, respect and an obligation to help the poor, the sick, and the less fortunate. This keynote shows that through the use of folktales and storytelling, character education.