So I spent the last weekend at my grandmother’s place and reminisced about my endearing childhood with her. She harked back to the memories when I was a notorious juvenile strolling around the house causing troubles which I seemed to have a faded memory of. However, what I did remember were the bedtime stories of legends and mythical creatures that she narrated to me every night as if they have marked a permanent spot in my mind.
That’s what got me thinking! How come we take a trip down our memory lane and find connections in our lives with the tales we listen to, the movies and the cartoons we watch? But barely any connection with the daunting words of our own textbooks? The following week I spent a good deal of my time reading on this bizarre but yet an interesting association and learnt that our mind irresistibly tends to make connections whilst efficiently storing any form of information that is relevant and appealing to us.
Just like in schools, we appreciate and admire learning concepts when they are conveyed in their most simplified and exciting version. In the world of complexities, it becomes crucial to implement this way of teaching for students to more deeply comprehend the textual matter of the books. Students seek greater interest towards the practical application of knowledge when they experience it to be relevant and relative to their lives. Moreover, their intellectual capacity expands along with their problem solving capabilities as a result of the open-mindedness and awareness which they acquire.
I believe that stories are primary to tap into the learner’s mind, providing a medium to project a deeper message based on emotion. No wonder why it’s quite obvious now that I still remember what I learnt in my last lecture on a complex math theory which was taught to me in a form of a story. I am sure you guys can relate to it. That being said, I believe that storytelling brings about creativity and a broader sense of imagination especially from the minds of the youth.
After observing both sides of the coin, I realized that introducing storytelling into teaching pedagogy is a tedious job for the instructors. They need to possess particular skill sets involving captivating expressions, emotions and gestures. A lot of effort and time needs to be spent on constructing a story out of a particular notion which the students can relate to. The instructor needs to evolve merely as a facilitator and incorporate participation amongst students to create a two-way atmosphere of learning.
Much to my concern, the present education system is churning out literates yet a minuscule proportion of them are functional. Hence it becomes a necessity to revolutionize our teaching system, and I believe storytelling is one way through which we can embed knowledge into the upcoming generation.
There are two ways to share knowledge either you PUSH the information out or â€ou PULL them in with a story.