December 19, 2015

Teaching by Storytelling

Perhaps the oldest teaching strategy is storytelling. The reason stories are so effective is that they immediately arrest and engage the students. Most of our lives can be described in a series of stories. For example, if you were to tell three stories from your life that were pivotal moments in shaping who you are today, what stories would you tell? When you use stories to teach, remember that the story is often the lesson, and if told or read well, it needs very little explanation. You might read a story and ask, “What do you think this story teaches?” or “Why do you think I chose this story?”