There are, to my mind, six ways of using story and storytelling in our teaching. These are:
In parts two and three of this four-part series, I focused on how to use stories to organise the curriculum and structure lessons, to aide students’ memorisation, and to pique students’ curiosity. This week, in the final instalment, let’s turn to the three remaining purposes of storytelling in teaching.
SecEd Series: The stories we tell
To relate curriculum content to the real world
Stories are “psychologically privileged” because our minds treat stories differently to other types of material.
Stories are how we process the world. Stories give us the “why”: they lend meaning and purpose to our very existence.
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