Kids love stories. Tell hundreds of stories in a school year.
Life is a story. It starts when you are born and it ends… well, for some it may not end at all! Each day, we add a chapter to the story of our lives, and some of those days can be amazing, wonder-filled, inspiring, and weird. Compile a list of the extraordinary things that you have done or that have happened to you. You will want to share these things with your students.
I tell stories in my class — hundreds of them. I try to tell one or two stories a day. I start like this: “When I was only seven or eight….” Immediately, I can hear the whispers. “Be quiet. He’s telling another story.”
The stories are about anything — my childhood, friends, family members, past experiences with kids, my touring days, places I’ve gone and people that I’ve met. You can tell a story about anything.
Most of the stories I tell are true. It makes them easier to remember. Occasionally, I’ll embellish a fact or two for dramatic license. In language arts we call it “fiction.” Remember, a story has to have a goal, something that blocks that goal and creates conflict. Drama makes it a great story. The story should resolve. It must have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Storytelling is an art. You have to practice it. You have a captive audience. Get to it! Tell a story. If you need to know how, a future post will tell you how. Till then, read your students a story.
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