Storytelling has long been a potent weapon in the hands of the effective teacher.
Stories offer the fastest path to connection. They are instant generators of interest, engagement and emotion. And perhaps better than any other tool, a story can brilliantly establish the context of a lesson and make students care about a topic.
But what about their effect on learning?
Sure, we know stories are good for directing attention and injecting life into an idea, but do they actually help us understand and retain new information?
In my newest From Theory to Practice video, I explore a piece of research that can help us answer this question:
The Effects of Introduction Type on Comprehension and Memory (Mensink, Kendeou and Rapp | June 2020)
Here are some of the items I tackle in this installment: