Using Storytelling as a Tool for Effective Teaching

December 9, 2020

In a fast-paced world where everyone has a short attention span and are easily distracted, it’s difficult to teach effectively except the lesson is laced with stories that connect with the emotional and the psychological part of the listeners. 


Storytelling is one of the most potent and effective ways to deliver a message. They are easily absorbed and difficult to forget. Stories have a unique way of building connections because it evokes several relatable emotions. 


According to Jonathan Gottschall, Human minds yield helplessly to the suction of a story, No matter how difficult it is for the student to concentrate, it’s difficult to resist the gravity of words filled with Images and details. Storytelling brings to life what is being said in the most realistic and relatable context.  


Here are some storytelling tips that can be incorporated for effective teaching;

START WITH AN INTERESTING OPENING

Your opening is important in capturing attention, make sure to start with a plot point that hooks the listener into the story. This is meant to make listeners less frustrated and more focused. Create a beautiful opening that is related to what you’re sharing and also keeps the listener hooked. 


CREATE A THEME OUT OF YOUR STORY

Stories convey more depth, precision, and clarity when there is a theme. Themes connect the stories with the main lesson you have in mind. It keeps the story from being vague and difficult to understand.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

When stories get unnecessarily complicated it losses its savor. Use illustrations and analogies that help simplifies the story and helps the audience connect to the story faster. Tell the story in the most easily comprehensible form. 



USE RELATABLE CHARACTERS

When you’re telling a story and it’s filled with words that your listeners haven’t heard before it makes the story difficult to comprehend. Don’t use words your listeners are not familiar with. If you need to use strange words, explain what they mean so students can learn and follow along. 


HAVE A STRONG ENDING 

The ending is one of the most crucial parts of the story. Put the most important lesson at the end of the story so that message can resonate well with the students to drive home the point. Make the ending clear and simple enough for all to understand.




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