Storytelling Theory & Practice | Video of the Month 201102

I’ve chosen Professor Brian Strum’s University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill presentation for an “a-ha” moment I had recently. Storytelling… how often do you think of the value of story in what you do?

This video is 45 minutes and 18 seconds, so set aside time for the quotable pearls or gems, such as: “The story becomes so pervasive that the teller and the listeners are immersed in it together.” It’s a co-created reality, a sense of community.

I chose a few things to paraphrase to pique your interest:

With a really good story, we gain information, knowledge, wisdom, and we expand our boundaries. In the story, there are things that transform us, and as storytellers we hope to change people. The listeners must be willing to change. If that’s the case, the story is more able to help that transformation to take place.

Memories, if you can get your story to evoke memories in the listeners, then they begin to connect at a deeply personal level. They begin to replace what you’re describing with their own personal experiences, and they see themselves in them.

The power of storytelling transforms.

Are we transforming our learners through effective stories?


Free Web 2.0 Learning Resources

The link in this post is for anyone, but especially for my wonderful nephew Chris. He’s an awesome elementary school teacher, and I’ll probably brag about him in future posts!

Zaid Ali Algasoff put together a long and very helpful list for budget-conscious public-school instructors. Um, that includes 99.9% of them! (I taught in a Community College district for three years, and know that funds come out of a public instructor’s pocket if they really want to engage their students).

Zaid compiled a list of 137 free resources, the Web 2.0 variety, that teachers can use.

Go for it, nephew! That free Web site you asked me to review is fine (the SnapFish photo galleries are awesome!), but check out:

Edublogs at

More and more, I’m seeing people use blogs to blog and to be their Web site/CMS (content management system, including photos, homework assignments, items for parents, etc.). A blog isn’t just a blog anymore.

It doesn’t matter what grade level you’re currently teaching. You can set up your blog to “go with you” as you advance in the career that you love!

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

I’m so proud of you!

~Aunt Jenise.