Storytelling in the Classroom
What Robert Frost said of a poem can also be said of a well-told story. “It begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” There are few more effective tools than storytelling for developing listening skills, teaching predictive thinking, enhancing language and communication skills, and building a positive atmosphere in the classroom.
Best of all is the power of the story itself. The imagination is freed to create, the heart to feel, the mind to understand.
As a salute to the new year and as a gift to teachers, the next three Story Route postings will be suggestions for bringing storytelling into the classroom.
The suggestions are not meant to replace that simplest and best way of sharing a story—telling it when the urge is strong and with no educational motive in mind. Rather, they are meant to encourage you to include stories in as many different parts of the school day as possible. They come from many years of teaching storytelling workshops and hearing feedback from participants who tried these out in their classrooms.