Creative Teaching



Ideas for using stories with your students

Stories can be used for individual as well as for collaborative activities in the face-to-face, blended or online classroom at all levels. Try a mix of approaches and remember the real value of stories is sharing these with others. Always have a clear rationale why a story would be a good approach to use and what you would like your students to learn through this.

1. Stories for community building

Consider using a number of different story techniques to progressively feel safe and start opening up. Story cubes ( or postcards for example, could be used with students working together in small groups. Ask them to create a story together around a specific theme and as they will be using external triggers, this will be non-threatening to them. They will start peppering their stories with some information about themselves and therefore start opening up and coming together as a group. You could try this in small groups of 4-6 students but also with a larger group..

2. Stories to share experiences

This approach is recommended to be used when there is already an established student community and students feel safe sharing their experiences some of which might be of a more sensitive and confidential nature. Establish ground rules before you start with your students so that they know exactly what is appropriate and what isn’t and what the purpose is of sharing stories in the context you are using. Sharing own experiences linked to a specific topic which you introduce in class, might be a useful way to contextualise learning and also find out what your students already know about this topic which will then help you adapt the session accordingly. This approach will also help your students get to know their peers better and identify commonalities and differences in experiences which will be of value to them when identifying peers to connect with and learn together, as well as supporting others.

3. Stories to create new meaning and understanding

This approach might be useful as a revision activity and will work well individually or in smaller groups. It all depends on what you and your students intend to get out of it. The activity will provide rich information about the level of understanding linked to a specific topic or theme and enable them to engage in a creative way to construct and share knowledge and understanding with others during the process of creating the story as well as when this is ready. Build in opportunities to share the stories students have created and enable discussions around these. This will help students to reflect further on their stories and their current understanding and also trigger new thinking depending on the conversation with others.





CPD Opportunities

Suggested CPD activities:

Engage with the resources about and reflect on what you have discovered and learnt.

Develop your ideas around by considering actions you can take to enhance your practice.

Consider using a portfolio to capture your reflections and share with others.

flex You might want to consider engaging with these activities and gaining CPD experience or academic credits with the FLEX scheme »

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