I’m a Storyteller by @TeacherToolkit

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How do you capture students attention when the weather outside the classroom is unbearable?

Context:

This is a blog for every teacher who battles extreme weather conditions; teachers who are working hard to maintain students’ work-ethic, whilst external conditions make learning difficult.

“Telling stories improves behaviour. Fact.”

Have you considered how you can grab your students’ attention with a story? Students will be putty in your hands as you drip feed more of the tale as the lesson goes on. Try it

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Make sure misbehaviour has no place in your classroom. Lessons that are well pitched, use imaginative teaching strategies. A colleague once told me to ‘tell the students a story’. I knew this subconsciously; but until I heard it out aloud, I’d never really tried to make it part of my lesson planning.  I am showing my age here, but do you recall the introduction to Storybook International, the classic 1980’s television show for children? It was all about the lead character John, getting into role. The opening lyrics are as follows:

“I’m the Storyteller, and my stories must be told. I have many stories, tales for both the young and old.

I have many voices to describe many places. Many names have I, and many faces…

In Russia I am Ivan; in Sweden I am Jan. In Germany I’m Johan; in America, I’m John.

From my many travels, I have gathered these tales, to teach you good sense, when all else fails…

Sometimes there are tears, sometimes there is laughter…”

Could we all become more like Storyteller John in all of our classrooms? Developing great lessons which are well judged by great and imaginative teaching; using methodologies to engage and enthuse. These can be planned, but typically can be sourced and deployed with confidence, as your experience develops.

How It Works?

As I discovered, the secret lies in delivering the intrigue at the start of the lesson (drip-feeding) and delivering the remaining parts throughout the rest of the lesson. Like it?

 Capture Students’ Imagination By:

  1. Dress up in character.
  2. Presenting a bogus email/letter to the class outlining government changes ahead
  3. Puppets!
  4. Introduce news alerts at the end of each lesson – thus engaging students and ensuring they cannot wait for the next instalment.
  5. Pair up with a colleague and ask them to burst into your classroom to re-enact an objective.

Teaching Tip:

Why not introduce a Mr. Benn style portal for a character change or a Jackanory approach to a sequence of lessons?

You can read more here. Let me know how you get on …

TT.

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In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday Times as a result of being most influential in the field of education. He remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing resources and ideas online as @TeacherToolkit, he has built this website (c2008) which has been described as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the UK Blog Awards (2018). Read more...

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