- #UKEdChat session 571
- Humans are a story weaving species.
- We create inner stories about ourselves.
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Storytelling may be uniquely human. While the bee waggle dance may be an ingenious and insightful satire about the modern insect monarchy, it is doubtful. Indeed, researchers think that humans have been telling stories to carry forward history and culture for tens of thousands of years. Homo narrans, or ‘storytelling human’ may be a better name for our species.
A narrative is important across most school subject areas. From the unfolding story of climate change in the sciences, to how a game with our favourite footballers is narrated during and after the match, to our collective story in history, and how key ideas were developed in maths. Stories are often the medium in which we learn.
As story weaving species, we create narratives about ourselves and about each other, sometimes as an internal monologue, but we also must tell others about ourselves, for example, introducing oneself, or to ‘sell’ oneself in a job or university interview. These skills are seldom taught at school. The inner story of ourselves can also become dark, and swirl downwards into anxiety and depression.
In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 23rd September 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how to be better storytellers and story writers, how to make the jump from episodic (then… then… then) storytelling, how to use stories in subject areas across the curriculum, and how performance plays a big role.
- What role do stories play in your subject area and teaching?
- What is the biggest barrier to good story writing for our learners?
- What performance elements are needed to tell a good story?
- How can narrative and storytelling be improved in your subject area and teaching?
- How does oral and written storytelling differ in the classroom?
- How are good oral storytelling skill of use to our learners in later life?
- How do we help our learners develop a better narrative about themselves?
- How can schools create a better narrative about themselves?