In ancient times, before writing existed, stories were already told that were transmitted orally from generation to generation with the purpose of entertaining, educating, spreading culture, or instilling values. Who does not remember the story of Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood?
Storytelling is the act of transmitting stories full of emotions taking advantage of the use of words or images. Although this strategy is not new, times are changing and with it also the stories and their way of telling them.
The digitalization of classrooms and learning has been a great revolution when it comes to telling stories. Thus, the traditional narrative acquires a new dimension using new tools and supports to transmit knowledge and values that arouse the interest and motivation of the students.
The Storytelling, in its traditional or digital version, is a powerful weapon in the hands of the teacher to use the stories, be they real or invented for the benefit of the teaching-learning process. Here we show you some of the most outstanding benefits of this strategy:
It provides students with motivation, fun, curiosity and attitudes favorable to learning.
It helps establish connections between the contents and organize the information.
It promotes a lot of values to work in the classroom.
It encourages critical thinking based on the reflections of the stories.
Develop social abilities, such as effective listening and empathy.
It allows children to pay more attention and obtain a higher level of concentration.
Creates a link between the teacher and the students, facilitating a more fluid communication and a more bidirectional interaction.
It favors a relaxed and participatory work environment.
Stimulates creativity and imagination of students.
It promotes an emotional implication that allows messages to be interpreted faster and deeper.
How to adapt Storytelling to the classroom?
The art of telling stories demands the figure of the storyteller, and in this case it is the teacher who must adopt this extremely important role . To be a good storyteller you must know some tricks so that your stories are exciting and meet the ultimate goal, such as the introduction of some content, the learning of some ethical value, the reflection on some specific theme ... and so on.
As a good example worth a thousand words, we have selected for you some experiences that we hope will encourage you to implement this strategy in the classroom :
The power of stories:
In this TEDx Talks talk, Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón explains the importance of telling stories to introduce curriculum contents to make them curious and interesting. He does not tell, as an example, the story of Évariste Galois to explain the mathematical theory he invented with only 20 years.
On this website, the storytellers are the students themselves. This option allows students to express their emotions, reflect on real or fictional themes, synthesize information in a few minutes, find images that reflect and support words, develop ICT skills ...
Storyteller Beatriz Montero: Stories in Early Childhood Education are a common and great resource to instill values or as a common thread of a project. However, not only can or should be applied to this educational stage ... we all like to be told stories! Notice how Beatriz tells the stories: she constantly changes the tone, the volume, pauses, puts different voices, adds visual support ... Why don't you take note of any of her techniques?
Surely you've ever used Storytelling in your classes! Tell us your experience and share with the community Tiching your most precious resources to perform the art of storytelling!