Aug 042012

It doesn’t matter whether you have a three year olds climbing on their seats or a class of businessmen fixated on their email. “I want to tell you a story” captures attention.

And if you then take a conspiratorial look over your shoulder, lean forward, curl your forefinger and say “C’m here”, they’ll all lean forward in their seats.

You’ve got ’em hooked.

So now what are you going to do?

It’s time to employ the ancient art of storytelling – an art that dates back to the ancient Greeks and beyond. So what makes a good story?

What elements does a story need to keep your students gripped?




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  3 Responses to “The magic words: “I want to tell you a story””

  1. […] all encountered people who’ve had difficulties structuring stories. Perhaps some important element has been missing, or they get the length or timing wrong, or they just seem pointless. The pay off […]

  2. […] Teaching ideas and lessons  Add comments Aug 282012   A good story has lots of elements but essentially it’s going to have a lead character we care about who is facing some kind of […]

  3. There are some anecdotes and stories here that have been keeping me gripped:

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