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Let me tell you a story

Let me tell you a storyUsing narrative to engage in the classroomDr Elaine Clark Manchester Business SchoolWhen we hear a great story we lean forward and our hearts race as we story unfolds. With a good story, we cant help but engage.Good stories touch our hearts and our minds, they connect us and they make us feel as if we are not alone. They also bring to life the facts, the theories, the knowledge they relate that knowledge to the real world and they make it memorable.1

When2A story of Ali

What did I learn. Needed to relate it to them.3The next day I just wanted to say that in all my time here, I have never met a lecturer who seemed so interested in us and if this is anything to go by, I am really looking forward to the rest of the course!4Using narrative in teachingPersonal story call to actionMetaphor to enliven, engage, offer another perspective and encourage reflectionTurning information into stories ExemplifiesRelates to real worldOffers alternative perspectivesCase historiesMini, midi and maxi5Hearing student storiesLifelinesReflective journalsExamples from their own livesPictorially63 minutesThere are many different types of storyIn groups of 3 -4, what would you say are the key features which they all share?


Ganz 20093 key elements to story challenge, choice and outcome.9

We are the choices that we make10In 2sRemember a challenge which you have faced.Remember where you were, what you saw, how you felt. Why was it a challenge?What choice did you have to make?What was the outcome?Tell the story of that challenge to your partner

11ListenerThank them for sharing their storyHow did their story make you feel?Did their story paint a picture?Was the challenge clear?Was it clear what the choice was which was made?What does that choice tell you?Do you feel that you know a little about this person now?12Using storiesWhat stories currently exist within your discipline?Which stories could you use?What would you like to know more about?Be prepared to feedback13Elaines top ten1You all have unique stories to tell, stories which can engage and inspire our students

142. Choose your story wellKnow your audienceBe clear about your objectives153. Resonate

164. Plan the journey

175. Paint the picture.Good stories are specific, they paint a picture, they evoke a time, a mood, a colour.

186. Use stories to transform ideas/information into meaningAahhah!!!7. Collect suitable stories/memories8. Develop your own skills as a storyteller

9. Use your student stories They have many!!!!10. When all else fails, just breathe

Any questions?Elaine.clark@mbs.ac.uk

24Some useful references/readingBarton, J (1984) Playing Shakespeare, London and New York, MethuenBrook, P (1961) An Empty Space London, Methuen.Clandinin, D.Jean and Connelly, M (1990) Stories of Experience and Narrative Inquiry Educational Researcher. Vol 19, No 5 pp2-14Denning, S (2004): "Telling Tales," Harvard Business Review, May 2004, Vol. 82, Iss. 5, pp. 12-129.)Denning, S (2007) The Secret Language of Leadership Wiley; San FranciscoGabriel, Y (2000) Storytelling in Organisations: Facts, Fictions and Fantasies Oxford University Press, OxfordGanz, M (2005) Why David sometimes wins in Messick, D.M and Kramer, R.M (2005) The Psychology of Leadership: New Perspectives and Research London: Lawrence Erlbaum AssociatesMcAdams D.P (1993) The Stories we live by The Guilford Press: New YorkMoon, J A (2010) Using story in Higher Education and Professional Development Oxford: RoutledgePeck, E and Dickinson, H (2009) Performing Leadership Macmillan: BasingstokeParkin, M (1998) Tales for Trainers London: Kogan PagePolkinghorne, D. E (1988) Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences State Univ. of New York Press: AlbanySeely Brown, J; Denning, S; Groh, K; Prusak, L (2005) Storytelling in organisations Elsevier-Butterworth Heinemann, OxfordWeick, K (1995) Sensemaking in Organizations: Foundations for Organizational Science Sage: California