Link | Storytelling in STEM Education? | MindShift
Storytelling, as a learning strategy is not limited to the teaching and learning of languages. In this article from KQED, comes a fine example of storytelling, used to good effect in the teaching of science and technology. Not only does it help the class become more interesting, it enhances skills like critical thinking and communication skills.
“Using literature in this way has allowed Fruchter to make his computer science math classes entirely project-based, which in turn draws the interest of kids who might not have otherwise liked computer programming. ‘They’re very happy to be in a math or computer science class where they’re not having tests or doing quizzes or being asked to do sheets and sheets of problems,’ Fruchter said.
Fruchter loves words, but is comfortable enough with math and science that he was called upon to teach them. Along the way, he discovered stories are a great way to make science, technology, engineering and math ideas accessible and concrete to learners who might not think those kind of technical studies are for them. He’s convinced literature is a great way to excite learners about STEM.
‘I’m a narrative learner,’ said Fruchter. ‘I nail down concepts by aligning them to stories or making up stories about them,’ he said.”
Using storytelling in this fashion can also be a useful way in developing inter-disciplinary thinking. Teachers across disciplines can develop creative lesson plans around a single story (or a book) and allow students to develop higher-order comprehension.