Skip to content

Storytelling in science

May 25, 2015

It seems that lately every advertising we see is not selling a product but a feeling. From soda ads to video games to toys, ads are not about the product, they are about some sort of experience that they promise to make you live. That is storytelling. The art of storytelling is one of the oldest forms of art.

When we think of storytelling, we often think of language arts or history. It makes sense to use this strategy in these areas because after all these subjects relay a lot in the use of language. We rarely ever think of storytelling as something that could be used in the setting of more “hard” science. Hard sciences, such as physics, depend on facts and formulas and solving exercises and all the “hard” stuff.

For many, all that is very hard.

Many students are not used to present their knowledge in a “factual” way. Those students that are so good with the language, sometimes struggle with the formulas and the facts.  So I decided to try and incorporate some of the language teaching strategies into my science teaching. I have been an ESL teacher for some time now and it only seem right to put that experience, in language teaching, to use in my science teaching.

When we gave students the assignment of coming up with a creative way to demonstrate their understanding of some of the concepts that we had learned over this semester, I was not ready to see what they had in store. Poems, songs and even dances were developed by the different groups to show complex concepts such as wave-particle theory, electromagnetic waves, color and light.

What´s more interesting is that through these art forms, students tried to tell a story. Concepts were connected through a sort of tale. Imagine being able to talk about waves without words, showing the relation between energy and wave frequency with dance moves, creating a poem that tells the story of light and its characteristics. Many students that had struggled with demonstrating conceptual understanding, did an awesome job for this assignment.

Giving students the opportunity of using their talents to show understanding really paid off this semester. Many of them showed a renovated interest in science when it was presented in a more story like fashion. Many more, were able to show how well they had understood concepts when given the chance of showing this knowledge via, what until that moment was an unconventional way.

Advertisements

From → Strategies

One Comment
  1. Connecting and relating science concepts with something so not scientific like storytelling bring so much to the learning process and to the students ability to relate and connect knowledge with real life application.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

edcampRD

Movimiento EdCamp en República Dominicana

Eladio Jiménez Madé

Tech Integration Coach

Oscar Relentos

Welcome to my catharsis

The Innovative Teacher

Learning. Leading. Teaching.

TipsNStyle

A lifestyle and fashion blog for the Best Advices around!

mrspepedotcom

Educational Leadership in a 21st Century Digital World

Science Teacher In Training

Just another WordPress.com site

TechCrunch

Startup and Technology News

Mister G Kids

A daily comic about real stuff little kids say in school. By Matt Gajdoš

Tap Into Teen Minds

Sparking Curiosity in Mathematics Through Tasks that Are Contextual, Visual and Concrete

Mundo En Blanco

Activa el poder de tu curiosidad...

Android Bethy

Android apps

Inem cursos

cursos gratuitos para desempleados

e-aprendizaje

Nuevas tecnologías para nuevos aprendizajes

Sapientiae

Changing the way you learn

%d bloggers like this: