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FAQ

WHY STORYTELLING IN THE CLASSROOM?

In a world of high-stakes testing, an ever-increasing drive toward technology, and resources stretched to the limit, why dedicate time and attention to the ancient art of storytelling? It’s a valid question, and the answer can transform the way educators teach, students learn, and the entire school community grows, until everyone achieves academically, socially and emotionally. We realize that’s a bold claim, but it’s a claim that is backed up by a growing body of research into the academic, social, and emotional benefits of story.

Academically, using stories as an educational tool can improve memory and recall of information, increase comprehension and analysis skills, and build capacity for creativity and problem-solving. Stories have long been used to model social norms and teach ethical behavior, and they can be used effectively to build strong relationships and a sense of community in the classroom. And when teachers and students tell the story of their own experiences in ways that emphasize progress and positive growth, they prime themselves for future success.

To learn more about the benefits of storytelling, see the following:

The Storytelling Animal by Jonathon Gottschall

Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story by Kendall Haven

Engaging Teens with Story edited by Janice M. Del Negro and Melanie A. Kimball

TEDxRiodelaPlata Fernando Salem (in Spanish with English subtitles)

TED2016 Uri Hasson

 

What is our Storytelling in the Classroom program?

Due to generous funding from private donors, Timpanogos Storytelling Institute offers free educational storytelling resources to educators and students. Timpanogos Storytelling Institute is proud to be able to bring this world class art to classrooms and schools around the globe. As an educator, student, class, or school, you can participate by creating a login which will give you access to free educational storytelling resources. These materials have been curated to help students and teachers develop their own stories and add value and excitement to your everyday lessons. All participating schools and educators will receive free access to easily adaptable lesson plans and our online library of resources which include audio and video recordings from master storytellers.

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