As a teacher, for you to transmit knowledge to your learners you need to apply powerful and effective strategies such as using storytelling in the classroom.
In any story you plan to use, you should know the ending beforehand, it should connect with the learners on an emotional level while passing a message across to them. Check this post on how to use storytelling-strategy
The character in your story should direct the learners on the next action to take with the message of the story.
In this article, I’ve shared 5 interesting tips to use storytelling in the classroom.
Modulate Your Voice And Dramatize
When using the storytelling strategy in the classroom, it’s not enough to just tell a story. The story has to look real and believable.
You can mimic the way a character you’re portraying should sound like and also act like it would.
In this ways a learners attention will be solely focused on the teacher watching out for the next move and line.
Use The Right Body Language And Gesture
Your facial expressions can also go a long way to make a class lively and active. You can also move your body in different postures and ways so as to capture the learners attention.
In this way a learner can relate with the character or idea a teacher is trying to explain, thereby making the lesson easy to understand.
Make Eye Contact To Emphasise Important Facts
When using storytelling strategy to teach a class lesson and you don’t want the pupils to get carried away with the story, you can make eye contact with them to emphasise some points that are very important in the lesson.
When your gaze lands on any child, what you’re saying at that moment will stick to his mind as an important fact.
Encourage Interactions Through Questions
The class doesn’t have to be one sided with the teacher doing all the talking. Pupils are also encouraged to ask questions so that other pupils can also interact with the lesson.
One question can open up the door to so many other reactions from the pupils that can shed more light on the topic at hand and make learning more interesting.
Journal Every Story That Comes Your Way
Before any lesson, as teachers we would have prepared ahead of the class by getting our materials ready.
When employing this storytelling strategy, you can keep record of any story that comes your way by jotting them down in a note book or a mobile device in the same way we inspire children to write
In this way, you’ll never run out of story to tell during lessons that will make your classroom lively and learning fun.
What other tips do you use when applying the storytelling strategy in the classroom? Share your tips with us in the comments section.