UKEdMag: Storytelling For Assessment by @JamietheColes

You are obsessed with stories. I am obsessed with stories. We are obsessed with stories. Even when you go to sleep at night, your mind stays awake telling itself stories in your dreams. 

It’s predicted that modern humans began to speak language around 100,000 years ago. It’s no great leap of the imagination to assume they started telling stories not long after. 

We’re obsessed with stories. But why? It’s how we make sense of the world. We have a deep neurological compulsion to find patterns. 

It’s why we impose human emotions and feelings on animals and see faces in inanimate objects. 

And it’s a complex world; we’re comprised of atoms, living on a giant rock called earth. We’re hurtling through space, around a sun that’s exploding in a universe that’s cooling 

We meet some 800,000 people in a lifetime, form complex intimate relationships, learn, teach, love, laugh and cry — and yet, through the power of stories, we’re able to process all of this and more. 

So perhaps you could consider how you – or your students – could use storytelling to understanding this new world you’re helping them wake up to. 

This article originally appeared in Issue 53 of the UKEdMagazine. You can freely read the magazine by clicking here

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