Nine tips to use storytelling in the classroom

Teacher using storytelling in class

Storytelling is a tool that teachers at any educational level or field of study can use to transmit knowledge in an effective and emotional way.

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Teaching requires powerful strategies to transmit knowledge. Storytelling is a useful and emotional tool that teachers at any educational level or field of study can use to enhance the educational experience of their students. How to achieve it?

Every story needs a direction (knowing the ending beforehand), emotion, and meaning (a key message to move your audience).

Remember that you need a character that creates empathy: someone that is in danger or that is the victim of a catastrophe; that is the best in its class or has great power. This character should invite students to take action, that is, what do I want my students to do with the message of the story?

Also, the character has to undergo a transformation; that goes from a comfort zone to an obstacle or problem that disrupts the order. Finally, the character succeeds or fails to solve the problem, which transforms the character morally.

Tips to create memorable stories

  1. Commit yourself to the story and to your audience.

  2. Use voice modulation and dramatize.

  3. Tell your stories with gestures, body language and movement.

  4. Create mental images through descriptions made with all the senses.

  5. Use metaphors.

  6. Make eye contact with each of your students to emphasize what is important.

  7. Encourage interaction through questions.

  8. Keep a journal and write down all the stories that come your way.

  9. Integrate a group of storytellers to make constructive criticism.

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