Educator’s Corner: The Power of Story in the Classroom

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[Source:  Education Week Teacher]

There is something incredibly compelling about a well-told story. In fact, it is one of the most powerful tools we possess. For most of human history, oral stories were the primary way that knowledge and tradition were passed down through generations. But the modern classroom is often devoid of stories. Information is most often delivered through bland lectures and textbooks, only to be discarded.

As a high school history and English teacher in Michigan, I am always trying to connect my students’ learning to stories outside the classroom. I teach using many elements of project-based learning, but try to fuse the elements of a story into the subject matter of every unit. Every story must have an exposition, a beginning that starts the adventure.

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