Storytelling and education
- December 21, 2016
- Posted by: Paul Gray
- Category: Uncategorized
Children (and adults!) love stories – tales that excite, inspire, intrigue and captivate our attention. Storytelling taps into a part of our brains that helps concepts resonate.
Educator Lev Fruchter uses storytelling to help accentuate topics in his math class. A former English teacher, Fruchter notes that this is “…a way to make equations meaningful, which is, of course, what they are in the programs when you write them… Instead of doing it abstractly with ones and zeros, this is a live literary experience in which the story itself is embodying the concepts.”
Fruchter has found that this approach resonates best with students who are less confident or feel less capable with challenging concepts in STEM classes. This article gives great insights into combining art and STEM subjects to help inspire interest, attention and learning in children.