1. Parachute in, don’t preamble. The best storytellers draw us immediately into the action. They capture our attention and set the tone for a unique audience experience. Avoid opening with “I’d like to tell you a story about a time when I learned…” Instead, drop us into the action and draw the lesson out later.
2. Choose first and final words carefully. We never get a second chance to make a good first impression. One needn’t memorize the story, but great leaders know the first and final words cold … and can deliver them without hesitation. Take advantage of the impact of a powerful opening and conclusion.
Continue reading points 3-7.
One technique that uses the story structure is the 3 act math lesson, developed by Dan Meyer, teacher of high school Mathematics and a current Ph.D. candidate at Stanford. On his website, he describes what constitutes a 3 act lesson in detail and offers a variety of examples.
Do you use storytelling in your lessons?
This post was written by Yelena Shuster, GSE Teacher Education Program 2014-15