Well I seem to have caught the creativity bug and I’m looking for opportunities to create. I’ve an outline of a story written down waiting for me to continue; however, in the meantime I am planning to transfer my storytelling to the classroom. The prospect of being able to use stories to support my teaching is exciting.
I had heard about using storytelling in teaching (and training) previously, but never had the confidence to use the approach. Just like I’m useless at telling jokes, I felt I wouldn’t be able to create or tell stories either. However, 2023 is my year and I’m going to explore and try new things, including storytelling at work.
Stories are effective means for getting a message across, whether that’s in teaching, training or even if you’re at a conference or meeting and delivering a presentation. According to New York University “stories engage our thinking, emotions and imagination all at once” (Bruner, 1986). That being the case, using stories in the classroom should engage the students and hopefully should help them learn more. It will also make complicated and complex concepts, theories etc more accessible.
I’m not sure yet how I’m going to use storytelling but from my research today the main benefits appear to be:
- The students should develop skills which will improve their employability and likely earnings.
- students are less likely to feel excluded or discriminated against
- Storytelling creates empathy and trust, tapping into emotions as well as cognitive reasoning.
- Creates better relationships in class between the students and their teacher/lecturer. This is particularly the case where students are involved in the story-telling process rather than simply listening to the stories.
I may not share any of the stories I will write for the classroom on my blog, but it is good to see that my blogging is introducing me to skills and techniques I’m taking back into the workplace.
Have you developed any skills you are able to apply outside of blogging too? I’d love to hear of your experiences in the comments section.
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