The ability to think differentiates us from all other animals. Thinking gave rise to ideas and in turn to education! Decades back stories were the only method of education & this method was evolved from the ancient man who swapped stories around fire. Story telling was learning for them and this is how they imparted their wisdom to the next generation.
Stories always sound interesting and when related to the listener they are heard and absorbed carefully.
Every story that we hear, either at bedtime or around the coffee machine is the proof that stories are the way humans share experiences and learn. Learning is an experience and this experience can be lived if narrated in the exact words that connect every student. Learning from stories is very helpful as it tickles the human anxiety to search the deeper meanings of words used by the narrator.
Stories are all around us. They are in books, daily soaps, blogs, advertisements, videos etc. They are sprinkled all over our lives but we fail to anticipate them likewise. Every person is different and so are their stories. The language, the meaning of words, voice, the climax build up equally contributes to evoke feelings and desperation in the learners.
I came across an interesting article which spoke about learning through story telling. What caught my eye was this sentence- “Teaching is most effective, I believe, when students come to feel that the subject matter is worth caring about, that it has something to do not only with the world around them, but with their own lives.”
I have a suggestion for everyone who is into teaching or training, tell stories, and encourage this mode of learning. The battle of teaching will be half won with story telling. Stories give birth to ideas; open gates of imagination, create a culture and inculcate an attitude among the learners and this gets associated with the mythology of the organization. Like the story of Apple, great companies have interesting stories about them.
What is your story?