Two teachers, Olive & Joy arrived one day at a remote village in India, with a passion to teach. Different folks, different strokes. And hence different methods too.
Let’s peep into both their classrooms.
Stories generate curiosity that glues the learner to the message.
Organizing information into a format with a beginning, middle and ending can work for many topics.
People are curious about where people (or fictional characters or situations) come from, how they change and how they evolve.
As learners begin to see themselves in the story and begin to identify with it, they start to care.
Stories transcend one’s current environment. In this altered reality, the mind becomes more open to perceiving and thinking in new ways. This is an ideal position from which to learn.
People take time for stories. If you want to maintain an audience’s attention, you’re more likely to do it through storytelling.
Stories make dry information come alive.
Stories create context for the learner to develop their thinking and make choices.
Stories motivate the learners to inch closer to the learning goal, without any other persuasion.
We as humans love to share stories, thus naturally supporting social learning.
In your opinion, who has managed to teach more effectively – Olive or Joy?
Stories engage the learner, accelerate the learning and help us remember information.
They inspire action and they spread easily!
Don’t just teach. Tell a story instead.