CorePlanner Blog

3/28/2016

Power of Narrative


Striking a Balance Between Storytelling & Technology

 

Scientists have long known that human beings are storytelling creatures. For centuries, we have told stories to transmit information, share histories, and teach important lessons.

While stories often have a profound effect on us due to emotional content, recent research also shows that our brains are actually hard-wired to seek out a coherent narrative structure in the stories we hear and tell. This structure helps us absorb the information in a story, and connect it with our own experiences in the world.


So, if you are like me, maybe this is all starting to make sense. I know that I learn best through experience and stories. If I think back on some of my best learning experiences they were often either having to do with hearing a great story…or creating a new story. When I look at what articles I enjoy, they almost always teach me something through a story. That is the initial hook of many great learning experiences.

But yet, so often in our techno-focused world we fail to take the time to actually teach through stories. I’m guilty of this, you might be too. Technology is a great tool for learning, but guess what, storytelling might be a better tool.

The research has shown that stories fuel understanding of all types of learning objectives. If you want your students to…

- understand mathematical principles

- write better essays

- learn through inquiry

- apply scientific theories

- tackle real world issues

- innovate in the classroom


…then teach them with stories.

 

For the full story:

http://ajjuliani.com/hidden-importance-teaching-stories/