By- Angela Padrón
No matter the age, learning is a process. And storytelling is a huge and important part of that process for many reasons. Many times, students form a connection to a story. Being able to relate to a story helps students remember information because the content is meaningful. In addition, stories allow students to discover and develop their imagination and creativity. This helps them think beyond the box to solve problems as well as foster intercommunication between students with like interests.
Here is a list some ways how storytelling and learning collide:
#1- Stories connect the audience to the underlying message
It’s easier for people to remember something when they have a meaningful connection to it based on some kind of emotional response. When stories invoke the emotions of the listeners or readers, or remind them of an experience, it helps them to better relate to the story and to feel invested in the story. As a result, this increases the chances of the students remembering the message or lesson from the story.
#2- Storytelling helps organize information to present to students.
When presenting information to a group of students, using a story format of a beginning, middle, and end helps students remember the main topics of the presentation.
#3- Stories develop listeners’ imagination and listening skills
A good story can transport learners out of their current environment and into a world of imagination and adventure. This allows students to perceive things differently, think about issues in new ways, and come up with new ways to solve problems. Also, listening skills are further developed when students listen to a story and pay attention to particular details.
#4- Stories can motivate listeners to learn
When students hear stories that grab their attention, they become motivated to learn. Students who are self-motivated are more independent and responsible for their own work and actions. They’ll want to learn more about a particular topic or pick up a particular book. Stories can also encourage and inspire students to take action or complete a task they’ve been putting off for a while. They may even decide to write their own version of the story!
#5- Stories help students reconnect with themselves
In this day and age of technology, social media, and other distractions, hearing a story can bring people back down to Earth and focus on the now. It can help people relate to each other through common interests and emotional connections. Students who are English language learners can also further develop their desire to learn English and new vocabulary, and their confidence to learn content.
#6- Stories that are interesting are more likely to be shared
When people like a story, they share it with others, whether orally, in written form, or through social media. This allows students to connect with each other, share information, and spread news or topics that could affect others in a positive way.
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