A recent Gallup poll indicated that 8 out of 10 elementary students are engaged with school. This means they are paying attention, asking questions, and feel positive. However, by high school, that drops to 4 out of 10 students. As educators, how do we combat this learning fatigue that happens when the novelty of school dwindles with each new year and standardized tests remove the freedom and creativity from the learning process? Teaching through storytelling is a huge help. Stories make connections between people and ideas. They are intuitive and easy to recall. Stories are told within families, the community, and throughout the cultures of the world. Because storytelling is familiar to students, teachers earn trust and help students be more open to learning. Stories appeal to all learners. They allow complex ideas to be easily understood. Clearly, we need to engage students with content that tells a story. Take a look at these resources in Maps101 and help reignite students’ interest with the wonderful stories these resources tell.
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