How to be an effective storyteller

Effective teachers are effective storytellers.

The good news is that storytelling is not just for English or Reading teachers. It is a strategic teaching tool that any teacher can use.

One of the best ways students learn is through stories. The brain is designed to be attracted to stories because then well told, stories are very engaging. It is “sticky”. The more you can connect the content of your subject using stories, the more your students will remember what you tried to impart using the stories.

Storyteller

Here is a basic storytelling guide that can help you become an effective storyteller.

Structure

  • Keep is simple and concise. Avoid complicated words and unnecessary details.
  • Make it short and clear. Keep the irrelevant stuff out of your story.
  • Speak in present tense. Make the story unfold before their very eyes.
  • Engage the senses. Include lots of sensory details. Help them visualize, hear, and feel what is happening in your story

Body

  • Tinker with your voice. Vary the volume and speed depending on the needs of your story.
  • Get active. Use facial, hand and body gestures to emphasize points or to give more sensory details.

Heart

  • Tell the story with passion. Yes, you’ve probably told the story many times. But tell it as if you were telling it for the first time. Be excited with your story. With that, you can connect to the hearts of your students and your storytelling will be much more effective.
  • Tap humor. It keeps the learning atmosphere light and it’s the easiest ways for your students to tune in to your story.

Relevance

  • Emphasize how your story is relevant to your topic. Go back to your point repeatedly, especially at the end of your story.
  • Cater to your students. Use stories that your students can understand and connect to, especially their interests.

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Your turn, share in the comments below how you have used storytelling as a teaching tool as well as other tips that can help teachers become better storytellers.

Argee Abadines

Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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The one thing every educator must do:

Develop a good relationship with your students.

One of the benefits of developing a good relationship with your students is that teaching becomes more enjoyable. There is good understanding between you and your students. There will be less conflicts that will arise and the learning environment will be much conducive.

Developing good relationships

 

The second benefit is that classroom management will be better. Your students respect you and trust you that you’re on their side. They will do their best and strive to excel in your class. It’s easier to influence your students to behave and do well in school once you have a good relationship with them.

Think about it:  when we were students, we did better in subjects where we had a good working relationship with our teacher. We wanted to do well in their subjects because we had a good relationship with them. But in classes where the teacher was cold and distant, we did not put in as much effort.

So how do you go about developing a good relationship with your students? Here are 5 tips to help you out.

1. Get to know them beyond the school setting. This means learning about their hobbies, their interests outside studies, and about their family. This will help you have conversations with them that goes beyond the academic setting.

2. Join them during snack  and lunch breaks. It’s a good way to foster positive relationship with them and a chance to get to know them beyond academics.

3. Support them during school events where they perform or participate in. Watch them play their favorite sport. Cheer them on during a competition. It all makes a different in your student.

4. Speak well of them during PTCs. Highlight their strengths and achievements during the term or semester. If you try hard enough, you’ll find something positive in every kid.

5. Be friendly and approachable. While we must maintain a professional distance with our students, being a teacher also means being their friend.

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One of the most powerful quotes in education:

Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. 

Your turn, any tips to help foster better relationships with your students? :) Share them in the comments below.

Argee Abadines

Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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